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The Importance of Routines

Are you a “sock-shoe-sock-shoe” or a “sock-sock-shoe-shoe”? We all have our own routines- our own patterns for completing tasks in our day.  Dementia alters the ability to learn new routines or recover from a deviation in a routine.  When early ...

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Sequencing in the Early Stage

Sequencing, or putting items in the correct order, becomes more difficult toward the end of the early stage of dementia.  This is becomes most obvious with “newer” tasks like operating the microwave, and less obvious with highly familiar tasks like ...

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Fraud and Memory Impairment

The aging population in America, generally trusting and polite, are frequently targeted by ruthless con-artists.  Sometimes this has to do with the older generations’ upbringing, as described in Dr. Virginia Templeton’s article Fraud, Vulnerability, and Aging: Fraud Against North Carolina’s ...

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Can’t You Take A Joke?

“You look nice.  Do you have a date?” “That’s right Mom, I never call you.” “Well that makes a lot of sense.” Here is some interesting news.  Researchers at The University of California in San Francisco have determined which areas ...

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Driving and Dementia

  People in the early stages of dementia are frequently still driving.  There is usually little trouble in getting to and from familiar locations, although one slight change in direction, terrain, or time of day can cause major confusion.  And ...

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