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Three Caregiver Tips for Dementia That Prevent Hurt Feelings

Being a Dementia Partner It’s very important to remember that the person who is experiencing dementia may or may not be able to understand that it is their own abilities that are changing, and that even though their cognitive skills are becoming more limited, they are not becoming lesser beings. We can preserve their dignity … Read more

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Dementia and the Telephone

How can we more successfully talk on the phone with someone who has dementia? We baby boomers are a very mobile generation. Not many of us live in the same city or town we grew up in, so many of us are trying to stay in touch with aging parents who live far away. We … Read more

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How to Avoid Being Manipulative in Dementia Care

Nobody likes to be manipulated. But the family and caregivers of people who have dementia spend a lot of time trying to encourage them to do things they don’t want to do. When we find a way to entice our loved ones or clients into eating a healthy meal, or into taking medications or a … Read more

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How to Enhance Conversations in Dementia

We can become storytellers for our loved ones who have dementia—recounting happy memories for them. When we do this we give them a valuable gift: an experience in the present of whom we know them to be, even though they cannot recall their own pasts. There is great comfort in knowing that you have experienced … Read more

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Dementia and Language Loss

This is ME Talking — Not My Dementia! We know that language skills are eventually lost in dementia. But do we really understand what dementia and language loss mean? Let’s be careful that we understand that ability is lost but the desire and need to communicate remains. Here at DAWN, we are person-directed in our … Read more

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Dementia and the Conversation

How do I help someone with dementia take part in conversations successfully? There are several easy techniques to help our loved ones and clients avoid embarrassment, join in conversations, and feel a part of the group. Be the supplier of fact You can start by cheerfully stating the obvious. Have you ever thought about how … Read more