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203 N. Randolph St. Macomb, IL 61455

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Care Partner Support

I would like to use today’s blog to let you all know about our Look to the Lamoine: Care Partner Support Group we have every Tuesday from 10:30-11:30am.   Loving and caring for someone with an illness is very difficult and can often feel overwhelming. Whether you are caring for a parent, spouse, child, friend, […]


Pets are such an important part of our lives. Did you know that we will allow cats and dogs under 25 pounds to live with you in your apartment? Pets have been proven to bring joy, reduce blood pressure, reduce depression, reduce loneliness and increase our exercise levels. Pets are wonderful for our health and […]


As I sit and create our training program for dementia it is fun to look back at my notes as I learned about this group of symptoms. Things that are second nature to me now were so very new. One thing I remember learning about is the difference between the left and right brain.  The […]

What we learn…….

I read the phrase “what we learn becomes part of who we are” the other day and realized how true the statement is.   Every day we learn something new – it may not be something we want to learn or ever wanted to know about but we are learning just the same. Dealing with […]

Suspicion/ Paranoia and Dementia

I have been asked many times about suspicion and paranoia with dementia and unfortunately it can be very common. Some of the reasons for this are the person living with dementia may not recognize a familiar person, place or thing. They could have lived in a house for 30 years but it is not the […]

What is the Difference Between Dementia and Alzheimer’s?

What is the difference between Dementia and Alzheimer’s?   This is a very common question.  Dementia is a group of symptoms – a syndrome if you prefer where as Alzheimer’s is a diagnosis of a specific disease of the brain.   I look at it like a cough – a cough is a symptom of […]

Amen for Care Partners

One of the most difficult jobs in the world in my opinion is that of a Care Partner or Caregiver as it is most often known. Care Giving is defined as providing care to a person’s health needs that is not normative. So….. It is out of the ordinary care than  you would give someone […]

Learning Experiences

Life is one big learning opportunity tailored for us through every experience we have. One of the most amazing learning experiences for me was when a friend helped me after a very difficult time. She asked if I would do things the same way in hindsight as I did then. NO WAY!  I would never […]


As with anything in life we often don’t know something exists until we need it.  There are a lot of resources to help with caring for a person living with dementia, local resources, online resources, products for sale to solve every problem – or do they? If you need someone to talk to and work […]


Change is hard for many of us. It disrupts your routines; your well planned schedules and can cause many a fight.  Change is sometimes for the good but sometimes, because of the bad, we are forced to change.  When we are young and our brains were growing and and we crave the routine. Toddlers who […]