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Case Study: Sara’s Father

“No matter what happens to me, I don’t want to go into a nursing home,” Sara’s* father told her.

She remembered visiting her Aunt Rose in a nursing home, where her aunt had lost her bearings entirely, since dementia had wiped her mind clean of memories. Sara’s father must have recalled this image as well: a once capable, active, intelligent woman who had turned into a terrified elderly lady in a wheelchair, parked in the nursing home hallway.

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A rug that’s easily tripped over. The food that has been left unattended in the refrigerator. The car that has become a source of worry. A slippery shower floor. These scenarios might not indicate a life-threatening issue to an average adult. But for the adult who has memory loss, dementia, Alzheimer’s, or even a little trouble getting around, any one of these annoyances can trigger a visit to the hospital, or worse. Continue reading


In the livestream video “Why Early Detection of Dementia is Important” Tim Tholen, CEO and Founder of Thoughtful Health Care and its affiliates in Kansas City hosted experts Michelle Niedens, Licensed Social Worker, and the director of My Alliance for Cognitive Health, a community-based program focused on early detection, provider partnerships, and education and Eric Vidoni, PT, PhD, Director of the Outreach, Recruitment and Education Core for the University of Kansas Alzheimer’s Disease Center and a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Neurology at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

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Caring for a loved one with dementia requires vigilance and an eye for detail. With this in mind, Tim Tholen, CEO and Founder of Thoughtful Health Care and its affiliates in Kansas City welcomed Chief of Prairie Village Police, Tim Schwartzkopf  ​and Dr. James Birch, Jr.,​ Associate Professor of Family Medicine at The University of Kansas School of Medicine as guests to provide expertise about wandering and safety. In the livestream video “Preventing Wandering and Promoting Safety” Tim leads a live discussion with two professionals who have valuable insights about safety for people with dementia.

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When to Have the Conversation

For years, clients have been asking Tim Tholen, CEO and Founder of Thoughtful Health Care and its affiliates in Kansas City about the issue of driving.  How do we know when– and how—to take the keys away?  In the “When Driving Becomes too Dangerous” video, Tim helps identify and address some of these issues to help family members take control of a potentially dangerous situation.

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Families Are Affected by Dementia

When a diagnosis of dementia is given, family members will react in different ways. There will be those who will take charge, and there will be those family members who can’t seem to cope. In his role as CEO and Founder of Thoughtful Health Care and its affiliates in Kansas City, Tim Tholen has witnessed countless families deal with the changes that dementia incurs. In the “Getting the Family Onboard” video, Tim helps to clarify and address some of these issues in order to help families begin to work harmoniously together.

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Are you living with a person who has dementia? Have you noticed more stress in your life, or changes to your health? Living with dementia is stressful– the impact on caregivers is undeniable. In the “Caregiver’s Self-Care Checklist” video, you’ll find helpful tips and ideas from Tim Tholen, CEO and Founder of Thoughtful Health Care and its affiliates in Kansas City. Continue reading