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About Tamara

Hi, welcome to My Dementia Digest!

A Bit About Me…

My career with older adults began in 1978 as a nurse’s aide. Through the years, I’ve worked in skilled and assisted living, hospital, private, retirement, adult day care, home health, and hospice settings.

I earned my Master of Science degree in Human Services Gerontology. Currently, I serve as a memory care director in an assisted living facility.

My dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2008; he lived until 2013. My mom took care of him at home. As the oldest child in a large family, responsibilities to lead and cope were made easier as a result of a career I absolutely love and gaining my advanced education.

Why Create My Dementia Digest…

Dementia affects people everywhere.

Dealing with dementia can be stressful and overwhelming at times. Informal (family/friend) caregivers provide 24/7 services, often at the expense of their own health. Formal caregivers also work long hours and care for multiple residents. I understand the frustrations of both informal and formal caregiving, and for the need of good advice and supports.

Caring for someone with dementia can also be rewarding–a majority of my experiences are very positive. And I can’t see myself working anywhere else.

There are various hats I wear each day. My duties depend on the time of day, situation, specific resident, family member, and or need. I serve as staff recruiter, trainer and mentor, manager, teacher, activity coordinator, bus driver, housekeeper, server, advocate, resource specialist, caregiver, and friend.

I believe that the personal experiences and lessons I’ve learned from working in these roles will help others:

  • Redirect
  • Communicate
  • Engage in interesting and worthwhile activities
  • Reminisce
  • Understand common dementia behaviors
  • Use music, pet, doll therapies
  • Maintain rights, dignity and privacy
  • Care for self (stress relief, respite) to reduce burnout/health issues
  • Find appropriate incontinent supplies and medical equipment
  • Prepare good and nutritious meals and snacks
  • Assist with good hygiene habits
  • Plan for holidays, traveling, family traditions
  • Safe-proof living environment
  • Understand medication and treatment options
  • Get legal documents in order

The purpose of this website…

My goal is to enhance the quality of life for all those dealing with dementia–the individual with dementia as well as caregivers, family members, friends, and communities–by creating a safe and honest place to share information, opinions, solutions, questions, and comments with each other.

So, how is quality of life defined? There are many definitions. This one works nicely:

Quality of life is the general well-being of individuals and societies, outlining negative and positive features of life. It observes life satisfaction, including everything from physical health, family, education, employment, wealth, safety, security to freedom, religious beliefs, and the environment.

My passion for creating and sustaining a positive life experience for individuals with dementia, along with their caregiver(s) and family members, has been a life-long quest. I truly love what I do and want to help others in any way that I can.

If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.

All My Very Best,

Tamara

Mydementiadigest.com

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4 Comments

  1. MrBiizyMrBiizy

    Oh Tamara, you have a huge experience and many years of service when it comes to dealing and handling dementia. Seeing all the roles you have played gives me a good feeling that you must be a caring and loving personality with many years of care giving and service to humanity. I truly hope that this website will bring light to as many that would visit even as you provide help in any way you can through your contents. I have no doubt you will do well my dear.

    • adminadmin

      Thanks! I appreciate your comments. 

      Dementia can be hard to cope with . I hope the information found at Mydementiadigest will be helpful and useful to many individuals. 

      Visit again, Tamara

  2. NimrodngyNimrodngy

    Hello Tamara. First of all i want to say that i glad to meet you here. Reading your article I realize that we have such good people trying to help others. I really appreciate you sharing with us all your experience and getting involved in helping everyone. Dementia is a disease I encountered at my grandparents and I mean I searched many things on the internet but I couldn’t find anything to help me.I can’t wait to read your articles. Surely your site will be added to my favorites list. I wish you much success!

    • adminadmin

      Hi, 

      Thanks for visiting! 😀

      I am sorry to hear about your grandparents. Dementia affects the lives of so many people. Despite the difficulties associated with the disease, I hope you have some great memories. 

      We’re just getting started here at mydementiadigest…hope to see you again!

      Tamara

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