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Turning: Taking the Long Way Around

*** Did you ever notice that when someone in the early or middle stages of dementia approaches a chair, they sometimes turn “the long way around” before sitting? Imagine approaching a chair on your left side.  Since your left hip ...

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Dressing Successes in the Later Stages

*** When you look at the big picture in Alzheimer’s disease, and visualize the steady decline of every functional ability, sometimes you need to appreciate the smaller successes. I need to remind caregivers about this all the time.  What they ...

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I’m Not That Dirty

One of the biggest challenges during the early stages of dementia, when personality changes and denial are contributing factors, is the topic of bathing. One of the most frequent issues is a lack of self-initiated routine bathing, and a resistance ...

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