Writing Portfolio

Laura Herman

 How to Grow a Therapeutic Indoor Garden for Dementia

Educational article for ReaDementia

Gardening - indoor or out - has been proven in repeated studies to offer many benefits to human physical, mental and emotional health. This article covers some of the benefits of indoor gardening to people with dementia, and how to set one up simply and successfully.

 Viewing Nature Improves Dementia

Educational article for ReaDementia

Numerous scientific studies over several decades prove time and again that viewing nature - in person, in photographs, on television or in art - reduces stress, pain and other factors that exacerbate the symptoms of dementia. This article discusses some of those studies and effects.

Pressure Ulcers, Bedsores and Dementia

Educational article for ReaDementia

Pressure ulcers threaten the health and comfort of people with mobility impairments, and those with advanced dementia are at great risk. Learn how to recognize and prevent them in this educational article.

Bathing and Dementia: Best Practices for Everyone

Educational article for ReaDementia

An overview of some of the reasons people with dementia tend to resist bathing and some thoughts on how to help meet their hygiene needs without causing emotional distress.

The Benefits of Horticulture Therapy for Dementia

Educational article for ReaDementia

This article covers the basics of horticulural therapy and the expanding body of research supporting its benefits for people with dementia.

What Should I Bring to a Memory Care Facility?

Educational article for ReaDementia

This article is written for family members planning for the imminent move of a loved one into a memory care community.

What to do During Rapid Decline in Dementia

Educational article for ReaDementia

This article is geared towards family members of individuals with dementia who may be experiencing a sudden change in behavior or functioning.

Hilltop Heights Home for the Memory Impaired

A narrative non-fiction collection of short stories, quotes and vignettes compiled while working in a memory care facility.
Published and available on Amazon.com

Come take a peek behind the locked doors of Hilltop Heights Home for the Memory Impaired.
You might be surprised how much fun we have back here!

5 Signs it May be Time to Move a Loved One to a Memory Care Facility

Ghostwritten blog entry for Complete Dementia Solutions Website

This blogpost is full of helpful information for families struggling with the knowledge that their loved one may need to move to a facility sooner or later.


Best Radios For Seniors

An informational product roundup for Safer Senior Care

This product round up is full of helpful information for people looking for the right radio for their favorite senior. 

Best Dementia Clocks for the Elderly

Product round up article for Safer Senior Care

This article reviews the 11 best clock options for seniors considering factors including impaired vision, hearing and cognition.

Best Bathtub Safety Rails for the Elderly

Informational Product Roundup for Safer Senior Care

This article covers the uses and limitations of bathtub safety rails, summarizes some important information to consider when choosing one, and highlights some of the top picks for consumers.