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5 Tips for Managing Anxiety in Dementia

    Elsa lives in an assisted living facility.  She is calm and happy in the morning, but gets anxious later in the day. In the late afternoon, Elsa paces the halls, mumbling to herself and wringing her hands.  She ...

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Grief, Depression, and Dementia

Jean was married to Bob for well over 50 years.  When Bob died, Jean was so grief-stricken that she became physically sick.  She ate very little and was transformed from a vibrant, social butterfly to a timid, frail old lady. ...

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Head Drop

  Dear DQ, I’m an OT that works with patients with dementia, and have a patient who has developed such stiff neck flexion that it is difficult for staff to feed her.  Initially with gentle PROM we could assist the ...

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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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