Holiday Traditions

Holiday Traditions

Our Theia's founder, Joanna Gordon Martin, recounts family Thanksgiving traditions and favorite family recipes while remembering loved ones affected by aging and Alzheimer's that are no longer with us.

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Family Caregiver Month

Family Caregiver Month

November is Family Caregiver Month, a time to honor and support caregivers – particularly those caring for loved ones with dementia and/or Alzheimer’s. Many of these individuals are juggling the demands of caregiving with employment, parenting, and very little sleep.  It is sadly no surprise that stress and burn out are common.

When we see friends or colleagues in this predicament, we want to offer help, but often don’t know where to begin. Many caregivers are hesitant to ask for support, feeling they will be a burden to others.

Below are six things you can do to help someone caring for a spouse, parent or other loved one with Alzheimer’s and/or dementia to give them necessary relief:

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Managing Daylight Saving Time and Dementia Care

Managing Daylight Saving Time and Dementia Care

Daylight Saving Time affects each of us differently. Some may adjust their daily schedules, work hours, meal time and bedtime.  Our internal body clocks need to adapt as well, but most of us require only a day or two before we can continue without much difference or interruption.

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Why Theia was founded

Why Theia was founded

I am definitely getting to an age where I have a lot of data points to look at. Life has provided many twists and turns, and not infrequently, I find myself asking, "How did I get here"?

I have been pretty fortunate with what my path has yielded. A healthy family, a wonderful partner and husband, and the good fortune to wake up every morning filled with gratitude - even if everything is not exactly going my way.

But I also think about how my experiences have shaped me, and there is no question that observing caregiving at a very young age has had a strong impact on me.

I was about 10 years old, and my mom had just passed her 40th birthday. My dad - my hero - handsome, strong, accomplished and always on the go, was not right. Something was just not right.

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