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About Christy Turner

Christy Turner is the founder of DementiaSherpa.com and has enjoyed the privilege of working with 1,123 people living with dementia and their families.
Latest Posts | By Christy Turner
Is Halloween Too Scary for People with Dementia?
2 weeks ago

Is Halloween Too Scary for People with Dementia?

I’m not sure which was more exciting for my grandpa: having trick-or-treaters come to the door, or calling my mom the next morning to report how many he’d had. Read More

Taking Care of Your Elderly Parent in a Natural Disaster
2 months ago

Taking Care of Your Elderly Parent in a Natural Disaster

Watching live news coverage of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria filled me with dread. My mind wandered back to Hurricane Katrina. Important changes in disaster preparedness were adopted across the United States for skilled nursing facilities in the aftermath of Katrina. Read More

What if Memory Care Isn’t the Right Choice for People with Dementia?
2 months ago

What if Memory Care Isn’t the Right Choice for People with Dementia?

At a certain point in the disease process, people living with dementia need to move into memory care. This common assumption just isn’t true – at least, not for everyone. As with most anything in life, financial resources create choices. The second, and perhaps most important, part to consider is willingness. Read More

What to Do When Memory Care Just Isn’t Working
3 months ago

What to Do When Memory Care Just Isn’t Working

Memory care isn’t what it used to be. I recently had 11 families in two countries reach out to me about the appalling care their loved ones living with dementia are receiving. Read More

6 Ways to Be an Effective Advocate When Your Parent or Partner Lives in Memory Care
3 months ago

6 Ways to Be an Effective Advocate When Your Parent or Partner Lives in Memory Care

No one chooses to make a move to memory care on a whim. It’s an emotionally bruising experience, often made when you’re most exhausted and vulnerable. Read More

8 Insider Tips for Working Effectively with Senior Care Staff
1 year ago

8 Insider Tips for Working Effectively with Senior Care Staff

One of the hardest decisions you’ll ever make as a dementia care partner is when to move your parent or partner into memory care. Once the move is done, you next need to know how to work effectively with senior care staff. Read More

Expecting the Unexpected as a Caregiver: How to Create a Backup Plan
1 year ago

Expecting the Unexpected as a Caregiver: How to Create a Backup Plan

Being the primary care partner for a person living with dementia is tough.

Beyond the grief of watching a person you love go through an unforgiving disease process, you’ve got the practical matter of another grown person’s life to manage, as well as your own. Read More

How to Keep Your Self-Identity as a Senior Care Partner
1 year ago

How to Keep Your Self-Identity as a Senior Care Partner

Caring for a parent or partner living with dementia can become an all-consuming task. It is often an experience that becomes your whole life. Some care partners take on the role because they want to, some because they feel they have to, and others because they never considered any other option. Read More

Family Member Living with Dementia? Here’s How to Handle Family Conflicts
1 year ago

Family Member Living with Dementia? Here’s How to Handle Family Conflicts

In working with 1,100 people living with dementia, I’ve found working with them is the easy part! It’s their families who are much more challenging. Read More

7 Ways to Be a Great Dementia Care Partner According to Trailblazers
1 year ago

7 Ways to Be a Great Dementia Care Partner According to Trailblazers

I did my first “research” paper in 2nd grade. I chose Harriet Tubman. When I learned what one woman could accomplish against unbelievable odds, I was hooked. I devoured stories of female trailblazers, marvelling at Marie Curie, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Dr Elizabeth Blackwell. Rosa Parks, Amelia Earhart, and Malala Yousafzai have inspired me. Being a trailblazer is hard work. Read More