THE ADULT CAREGIVER: WHEN IS IT TIME TO MAKE THE MOVE

What are the red flags? How do I know when it’s is time for my family member to make the move to an Assisted Living, Personal Care, or Skilled Facility? What should we look for?

When people call us at The Homeplace at Midway, we will ask some of the following questions:

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JEANS JOURNEY

She loved her family and was an extreme University of Kentucky Wildcats fan. Mom worked at the UK Library for more than 30 years. She loved “her” UK basketball team. She had season tickets and attended every game. Mom had many life-long friends and was involved in loads of activities. She was active in her church. She loved to travel. She took cruises and toured Europe and Hawaii as well as many places in the United States. She loved life and lived it to the fullest.

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BEST FRIENDS MAKING THE WORLD GO ROUND

There are just some things you cannot teach, such as compassion, responsibility and sincerity. Our volunteers at the Best Friends™ Adult Day Center are some of the most compassionate people I know. Without these volunteers, we truly wouldn’t be here, and any volunteer will tell you they get more out of their time here at Best Friends™ than our participants do.

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LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE

ease negative thoughts. Making someone laugh is a way of redirecting from other behaviors and can turn a bad mood into a good one. Treating some- one with dementia like a REAL person is what it’s all about. We should always look at the person first, not the disease.


Our loved ones with dementia are witty and hilarious and have accomplishments and qualities that go WAY beyond a disease. You don’t lose a sense of humor and a chuckle can come easily. So let your hair down, dance like no one is watching (hopefully they aren’t) and don’t FORGET to laugh.  



There is nothing funny about a diagnosis of dementia. That being said, there are many ways to make the life of someone with the diagnosis more enjoyable. The Best Friends™ approach to dementia care claims humor can be the best medicine: no prescription needed!


With dementia, we often focus on what is lost, not what is still there. A sense of humor sticks with us, fortunately, along with many other qualities, including past accomplishments and character. Who cares if the person knows what day of the week it is? Who cares if they remember what they had for lunch? Are those things really important? Nope! Forget the silly stuff and start being a little silly.


Humor can present itself at any time. I was walking through the memory care neighborhood at Bridgepointe at Ashgrove Woods, and I saw two of our male residents standing in the hallway chatting away. I said, “What are you guys up to?” One of them replied, “If we knew, we wouldn’t be here!” All three of us had a good laugh!


Everyone loves a joke, including persons with dementia. A quick one-liner or easy-to-follow joke can make someone’s day. Self-depreciating humor is always a hit. I’m an easy target, so I tend to use this type of humor more frequently.


They say laughter is contagious. It can improve quality of life and

TRACY BYRNE

Tracy Byrne is the Community Relations Director at Bridgepointe at Ashgrove Woods. Tracy earned her Master’s in Social Work from University of Louisville with a specialization in Gerontology.  Since, she has gained certification as a dementia trainer in the Best Friends™ Approach and served within local and state organizations within her field.

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