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Dementia and The Right to Self Determination

*** In the United States, a patient’s right to make their own health care decisions is a federal law.  The Patient Self-Determination Act (PSDA) ensures that a patient’s right to self-determination in health care decisions be communicated and protected. Clearly there ...

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Kill the Devil Doll

*** Here is a story that offers a different perspective, brought to my attention by a family who is struggling with a loved one’s dementia.  I know you all can identify with the challenges of dealing with dementia’s disruptive behaviors, and how ...

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Fetal Tuck Reflex

There is research to support the theory that primitive reflexes and movement patterns (like the ones seen in babies) re-emerge in late stage Alzheimer’s disease.  It’s not that the reflexes “come back”, because they never really went away.  It’s because ...

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Behavior-Based Ergonomics Therapies- A Good Thing

  When I developed the Head, Hands, Heart Dementia Assessment System ten years ago, I had no idea that I was really developing a behavior-based ergonomic tool.  I thought I was using my occupational therapy background to flush out function amidst cognitive ...

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