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The Un-Dining Experience

*** Sometime during the course of Alzheimer’s disease, self-feeding gets tricky.  It usually starts to decline during the middle stage, when the ability to complete a task wanes due to attention span and memory loss. And because the language centers ...

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The Allen Model

*** Much of what I’ve learned about Alzheimer’s, and how to objectivify my observations, comes from Claudia Allen’s Cognitive Disabilities Theory.  The Allen Scale is the only handy dementia-rating scale that is based on function- rather than language-based answers to ...

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Outfit Selection

*** Many people in the early to middle stages of dementia have difficulty selecting outfits that are appropriate for season, occasion, or aesthetics.   Here are a few tips: 1.  Try grouping items together by outfits- put the shirt, pants, ...

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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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Death Grip

Did you ever notice that someone in the later stages of dementia has a difficult time letting go of things? Maybe he can’t put his fork down, or let go of the walker or grab bar? And telling him over ...

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