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SubjectDate AskedExpert
Feeding your mother with dementia2/14/2017Tanya Zilberter
  Q: My mother is suffering due to dementia since 2002.now she is 80 year old.now she forgeting to chew ...
  A: The simplest way to make your Mother's eating easier is to make nutritions drinks using a blender. ...
Nana12/24/2016Cindy Keith, RN, BS, Certified Dementia Practitioner
  Q: My nana had dementia, she was in nursing home after we couldn't care for her at home anymore . me ...
  A: I apologize for the delay in receiving my answer--I had answered back the same day you inquired, ...
forgetful12/22/2016Cindy Keith, RN, BS, Certified Dementia Practitioner
  Q: Your question was  Hi, I'm 16. I have noticed that I sometimes seem to have moments of frustrating ...
  A: I'm sorry to hear about your concerns over forgetfulness. I think it's likely you are not the only ...
Antidepressants and Alzheimer's 12/10/2016Tanya Zilberter
  Q: I am wondering if taking antidepressants can lead to dementia.What about painkillers? Thank you!
  A: It is not always possible to operate statistical data to distinguish between the use of ...
Risk of dementia12/10/2016Cindy Keith, RN, BS, Certified Dementia Practitioner
  Q: I have two questions: 1. What is heredity of different typs of dementia? 2. What can someone do to ...
  A: There is a form of Alzheimer's that is inherited, but it is relatively rare, and if it's inherited, ...
dementia argumentive12/9/2016Cindy Keith, RN, BS, Certified Dementia Practitioner
  Q: I try my best to handle and calm her down . I walk away Because she like to argue But she is very ...
  A: I'm very sorry to hear about all the stress you are under with your relative. You are right to just ...
geriatrician single handed diag dementia12/2/2016Paula Damgaard
  Q: Can a geriatric physician diagnose dementia? My elder landlord and employer (she is 80) passed a ...
  A: If I was your attorney I'd be asking for a second unbiased opinion. To answer your first question, ...
Chanting with dementia11/19/2016Cindy Keith, RN, BS, Certified Dementia Practitioner
  Q: How can I help a patient that constantly chants with dementia?
  A: You don't really indicate if this chanting is a big problem or just an annoyance to everyone around ...
Mother - alzheimers or depression?11/5/2016Paula Damgaard
  Q: My Mother is 81 years old and lives alone. Unfortunately, her brother, her sister and I live 2 ...
  A: I would most certainly have her checked out. My choice would be either a geriatric specialist or a ...
Antihistamines and cognition10/18/2016Tanya Zilberter
  Q: I have recently seen the studies of many medications including benadryl being linked to dementia. I ...
  A: Benadryl is a trade name for diphenhydramine and in fact, it is pretty well researched not only in ...
Sister in law and swelling10/15/2016Cindy Keith, RN, BS, Certified Dementia Practitioner
  Q: My sister inlaw has had alzhemiers for eight years. She is 61 years old, now they have her in a bed ...
  A: I'm very sorry to hear of your sister-in-law's issues. The swelling could be caused by several ...
dementia8/27/2016Cindy Keith, RN, BS, Certified Dementia Practitioner
  Q: my mum has not eaten much since sunday 22/8/2016 and has now stopped drinking tea which she dearly ...
  A: I'm very sorry to hear of your mother's decline and I'm sure you're very worried about it. A major ...
Possible dementia8/26/2016Peter Winkler
  Q: Winkler: I am very concerned that my step mother may be in the early or middle stages of dementia, ...
  A: your mother-in-law in all likelihood has dementia and she should be seen by a neurologist. ...
Concern about step mother8/26/2016Paula Damgaard
  Q: Ms. Daamgaard: I am worried that my step mother may be in the early or middle stages of dementia, ...
  A: First thing I would suggest is NOT to reason with her. It won't work and she'll end up resenting you ...
Dementia?8/26/2016Cindy Keith, RN, BS, Certified Dementia Practitioner
  Q: My step mother may be in the early or middle stages of dementia, although she hasn't been evaluated ...
  A: I'm very sorry to hear of your current issues with your step mother. I'm sure it's extremely ...
Dementia7/21/2016Tanya Zilberter
  Q: Would love to know what meds, vitamins, exercise, diet, etc seems to be working. Mom is 84 and ...
  A: Revised: sorry, there were typos in the part "The foods you must eat infrequently", please revise ...
Unexplained weight loss7/14/2016Alanna Shaikh
  Q: My father-in-law is 86 and has Alzheimer's. He was diagnosed about 5 years ago. As of April 22nd, he ...
  A: Your father-in-law is lucky to have you looking out for him. Alzheimer's tends to go along with ...
Memory Loss and Attention Problem5/26/2016Tanya Zilberter
  Q: I don't think I have become mad but I am certainly going to become one as the time progresses. It ...
  A: I am sorry for not replying to your question sooner, I had to check the latest information that I ...
Where can I find information about prevention and cure of Alzheimer's?3/10/2016Tanya Zilberter
  Q: Im currently completing a project about how we can stop the progression of AD and potentially cure ...
  A: Please clarify the formate which your supposed to use, where I'll be answering these questions ...
Colonoscopy for moderate alzheimer's patient?3/10/2016Cindy Keith, RN, BS, Certified Dementia Practitioner
  Q: My mother is 77 with Primary Progressive Aphasia and probable Alzheimer's. She's living at home, ...
  A: You ask a very valid question and I'm glad to hear you are being a good advocate for your dear ...
Brain support for energy and to fight inflammation3/8/2016Tanya Zilberter
  Q: dr Tania. is it possible she could have alzheimer?. she has become so forgetful. when i ask ...
  A: I agree with you that your granddaughter might experience a lack of oxygen. Anyway, here are my ...
Loss of verbal skills2/8/2016Michalene Peticca
  Q: My husband was dx with AD 5 years ago aged 69. He was well advanced by then though we were all in ...
  A: I am so sorry about your husband's illness. I am sure this has been very difficult for you; but, I ...
Stages of and progression of AD2/6/2016Michalene Peticca
  Q: My husband who is 84 was diagnosed 6 yrs. ago.progression of disease was slow but steady until July ...
  A: I am so very sorry for your medical challenges with your husband but applaud your commitment and ...
Question1/15/2016Paula Damgaard
  Q: I am 56. I currently take medication for hypertension, acid reflux, and adult ADD (buproprion 150 ...
  A: I think you are correct in speaking to your doctor about all the medications you are taking and ...
Dementia / "escapism"11/4/2015Peter Winkler
  Q: My father-in-law is 84 and was diagnosed with dementia two years ago. He has other medical issues ...
  A: Sorry about the delay; I just returned from vacation. If you have read about AD, I'm sure that you ...
Dementia / "escapism"11/4/2015Tanya Zilberter
  Q: My father-in-law is 84 and was diagnosed with dementia two years ago. He has other medical issues ...
  A: There are two aspects in this problem: one is wandering prevention and another is the underlying ...
Dementia / "escapism"11/4/2015Michalene Peticca
  Q: My father-in-law is 84 and was diagnosed with dementia two years ago. He has other medical issues ...
  A: I'm sorry this is a difficult time for your family. It sounds like your father in law is still very ...
Dementia / "escapism"11/4/2015Cindy Keith, RN, BS, Certified Dementia Practitioner
  Q: My father-in-law is 84 and was diagnosed with dementia two years ago. He has other medical issues ...
  A: I'm very sorry to hear of your father's continued anxiety--I'm sure it's very upsetting for the ...
Pyruvate for Alzheimer's10/13/2015Tanya Zilberter
  Q: My father(81 years old), has been diagnosed of AD in january of this year. The symptons started to ...
  A: I strongly recommend pyruvate for your father! It's safe and relatively inexpensive. The effective ...
hallucinations9/29/2015Cindy Keith, RN, BS, Certified Dementia Practitioner
  Q: He does have very bad eye sight And hearing I have read about Charles Bonnet Syndrome They have ...
  A: I don't know anything about this Charles Bonnet Syndrome, but with all of his medical issues, it's ...
Alzheimer's Lewy Body dementia seems to be rampant in my family, am I next?8/24/2015Cindy Keith, RN, BS, Certified Dementia Practitioner
  Q: as I approach my 50th year I have undertaken to do a family tree. What is now frighteningly obvious ...
  A: I'm very sorry to hear you are feeling so stressed by this knowledge of dementia in your family. ...
severe dementia and colonoscopy8/18/2015Peter Winkler
  Q: I have read some info about dementia/Alzheimer's and the necessity of having a colonoscopy or not. ...
  A: You didn't specify it, but I'm assuming that your mother is in either assisted living or a nursing ...
Depression with Alzheimers7/24/2015Paula Damgaard
  Q: What do you think are the possible reasons that someone with Alzheimers might develop depression?
  A: Brooke, Usually people have depression before the diagnosis. That being said, depending on the stage ...
Depression with Alzheimers7/24/2015Peter Winkler
  Q: What do you think are the possible reasons that people with Alzheimers develop depression? Just ...
  A: I don't really have the expertise to answer your question. However, since my wife suffered from AD ...
Brain atrophy.7/3/2015Tanya Zilberter
  Q: I'm an eighteen year old girl. I'm a student and I had seizures since I was thirteen. So, I thought ...
  A: Any brain atrophy means that the area in question shrinks. What is important for you, it's not ...
Possible Early Signs of Dementia6/22/2015Cindy Keith, RN, BS, Certified Dementia Practitioner
  Q: My mom is 81 years old and lives alone in her home. She suffers from crippling arthritis in both ...
  A: I'm very sorry to hear of your mom's current issues. I know it's very distressing for you to try to ...
forgetting basic knowledge6/13/2015Michalene Peticca
  Q: Some years ago, I was riding in a bus with my daughter one evening, and I grew tired and fell ...
  A: I'm sorry you are experiencing this episodes of memory loss. I tend to agree with your medical ...
Controlling anger6/5/2015Cindy Keith, RN, BS, Certified Dementia Practitioner
  Q: My Grandmother has some calcification near her brain or in simple words she has calcium deposit near ...
  A: I'm very sorry to hear of your issues with your Grandmother. I know very well how terribly ...
How to prevent Alzheimer's?5/17/2015Tanya Zilberter
  Q: How can I prevent getting Alzheimer's Disease? My grandparents on my mom's side have it and I just ...
  A: There is plenty of evidence that life style is linked to or associated with the risks of getting ...
Home5/3/2015Cindy Keith, RN, BS, Certified Dementia Practitioner
  Q: My mom has what I consider moderate Alzheimers. She recognizes her family most of the visits, ...
  A: I would advise against taking her to see the house. I would also advise that you maintain her hope ...

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Cindy Keith, RN, BS, Certified Dementia Practitioner

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As a nurse and dementia consultant, I can answer most questions on all types of dementia. If I cannot answer your question, I will attempt to find someone who can. My passion is to help caregivers of people with dementia, which in turn helps all those wonderful elders with dementia live better lives. When caregivers are better educated, they are able to better care for themselves and their loved ones, so education is key to decreased stress levels and healthier, happier families.

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I have worked as a nurse in various disciplines of nursing for over 20 years, most of which was with the elderly. I was a health care coordinator in a dementia dedicated assisted living facility for 4 years before I started my own business (M.I.N.D. in Memory Care) as a dementia consultant six years ago. As a dementia consultant, I help families nationwide through phone conference calls as they struggle to care for their loved ones with dementia.

Organizations
Alzheimer's Foundation of America Geriatric Interest Network Sigma Theta Tau International

Publications
Published "Love, Laughter, & Mayhem - Caregiver Survival Manual For Living With A Person With Dementia" which is a collection of stories about people with dementia I have known, loved and worked with. Every story has a lesson to teach and this book gently teaches family caregivers lessons about how to better care for their loved one, as well as themselves during their caregiving journey. Published "Love, Laughter, & Mayhem In Eldercare Facilities: The Master Key For Dementia Training" Created "Bringing Nurturing To Memory Care" staff dementia training video Created Ebook: "Hair Stylist's Helpful Tips For Working With People With Alzheimer's & Other Dementias"

Education/Credentials
Registered Nurse with Bachelor's degree in Nursing; Certified Dementia Practitioner; Author of 2 books and an ebook

Awards and Honors
Sigma Theta Tau National Honor Society of Nursing

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