Jytte Lokvig, Alzheimer's and Dementia Caregiving Specialist


Since the early 1990s, Jytte Lokvig has worked with the elderly, especially those with Alzheimer's disease and related dementia. She coaches families and professional caregivers and designs life-enrichment programs and activities for care facilities. Her workshops and seminars promote changes in approach and communication to create a healthy environment based on dignity and humor.

In her teaching, writing, and modeling, Lokvig throws a lifeline to the caregiver. Her caregiving models bring about dramatic changes in the mental state and behavior of the Alzheimer's patient. She designs and implements activity programs, drawing on her background in educational psychology and her expertise in the arts, theater, and music.

In 2002, Lokvig published Alzheimer's A to Z: Secrets to Successful Caregiving, a uniquely effective guide for caregivers. New Harbinger Publications has since published a revised and updated version under the title Alzheimer's A to Z: A Quick-Reference Guide. The book has been translated into Portuguese, Spanish, and Japanese.

Lokvig holds a PhD in management with a specialty in Alzheimer's care from California Pacific University and a master's degree from the University of California at Los Angeles.


Recently Published on Caring.com

What to Do If a Person With Dementia Won't Go to an Assisted Living Facility? — Feb 15, 2012
It's a good idea for all of us to be prepared for different eventualities. No matter what our age, we all ought to have our paper work in order: write our wills, establish ...
Mom has dementia - how do we move her to a nursing home? — Jan 20, 2012
Specifically for "nextinline" A dear friend of mine had likewise pledged to herself and her family that she would spare them the burden and grief of the Alzheimer's that ha...
Hospice Vs. Home Health Care — Jan 17, 2012
You're correct that hospice doesn't offer routine maintenance. For that you'll need a home healthcare service or move your mom to an assisted living. I'm actually surprised...
my mom in NH needs a hobby — Dec 08, 2011
Getting your mom something meaningful to do and bringing her the supplies for knitting is a very good idea. Fortunately, if your mom is knitting and doing crochet, she like...
Would a person with Alzheimer's Disease ever hurt their own pet? — Nov 28, 2011
I think your worries are warranted. It sounds as though your client is no longer able to care for her dog. On behalf of the dog, my concerns are twofold: your client may no...
How do we communicate to my mother that her memory has declined? — Oct 08, 2011
Most of us wouldn't want to admit to ourselves that we're experiencing cognitive decline and are no longer capable of handling our affairs. Many folks in the early stages o...
My mother is becoming increasingly forgetful but won't got to the doctor, what should I do? — Oct 05, 2011
Your mom is perfectly normal. Her resistance is pretty much the norm. Few of us would be ready to admit that we're experiencing cognitive decline and are no longer capable ...
Is it true that it's better for Alzheimer's patients to be cared for by family than strangers? — Oct 05, 2011
There's no ironclad rule on whether staying at home is preferable to living in a facility. There are advantages and disadvantages to both. Living at home with family has o...
How should I handle my mom with Alzheimer's when she is acting rudely towards me? — Oct 05, 2011
In trying to be the best caregivers, many of us don't realize when we're overdoing it. It can be very stressful always to be on the receiving end of kindness. Most of us ne...
How can I learn about more stimulating activities for Alzheimer's patients who are less independent? — Oct 05, 2011
Thank you for bringing up this topic. It's one of my pet peeves. It's ironic that the advances in creative activity programming happen almost entirely in Alzheimer's facil...