Well-meaning family and formal caregivers sometimes start to “overdo” for persons with dementia. “I don’t want her to get hurt” or “I don’t want him to feel embarrassed” or “It is just so much easier if I do (fill in the blank).” What people do not realize is that once a person with dementia forgets how to do an activity or task, he or she is rarely able to relearn it. There just aren’t enough nerve cells to knit together a new memory. … More Flowers and Salmon Patties: How To Slow Down Loss of Function in Persons with Dementia
All cases of Alzheimer’s Disease are dementia, but not all dementia are Alzheimer’s Disease. … More Meet the Dementias: Alzheimer’s Disease
Helping a person with dementia brush his or her teeth requires extra skills to avoid the dreated “NO!” and other refusal behavior.
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