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Closed Chain Exercises and Dementia

*** Here is a quick tip: For engaging people with dementia in strengthening exercises that are effective, beneficial, and easy to initiate, close the chain. Do you know the difference between open kinetic chain and closed kinetic chain exercises? It’s ...

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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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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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