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Stimulation

Family Plays Together

April, 2012

When I first learned to play croquet I never imagined it would create a new connection with my Dad in the silence of his dementia.

Article Contributed by James Creasey of Jiminy Wicket

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Concussions

Concussions and Dementia

January, 2012

The disease gaining national attention is Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), a neurodegenerative disorder that, according to the National Institutes of Health, is linked to repetitive trauma to the brain, such as concussions, over a long period of time.

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Dementia and Sexuality

Why is dementia and sexuality a timely issue?

September–October, 2011

Persons with dementia are constantly trying to make sense of the world around them; they often become confused trying to understand the meaning of what others are saying or doing. However, this individual retains his/her need for love and belonging and the feeling of closeness and comfort.

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Locus of Control

Significance of “locus of control” for persons with dementia.

July–August, 2011

Why is “locus of control” an important and a timely issue for persons with dementia? Unfortunately, most of what is known to date about the impact of locus of control for persons with dementia is anecdotal and lacking in scientific research methods.

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Bathing

Why are we bathing people who see no reason for having a bath?

May–June, 2011

Bathing time can be one of the most challenging times for the caregiver, and one of the most frightening times for the person with dementia. Think of all the steps we ourselves need to take when preparing for a bath.

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Sleeping

Why are we putting people to bed who are not sleepy?

March–April, 2011

I have discovered in my practice that many of the elders spend their entire day in a drowsy state, moving from bed to wheelchair, back to bed for a nap, and back to wheelchair.

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Technology

Technology: Is it a Fit for Dementia Care?

January–February, 2011

The dichotomy we are facing in dementia care today appears to revolve around time — there simply isn’t enough of it. Technology is designed to save care partners time. Persons with dementia require time.

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Dining

Personal Choice in Dining

November–December, 2010

Dining is a major enjoyment of living for us all. And for persons with dementia, the dining experience can be a strong driving theme for maintaining a person–centered environment. For persons with dementia the environment should be neither over stimulating nor under stimulating.

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Focus on their strengths

September–October, 2010

Person–centered care is founded on the ethic that all human beings are of absolute value and worthy of respect, and even persons with dementia can lead satisfying and fulfilling lives.

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Environment

Dementia and the Environment

July–August, 2010

I have also discovered that the person’s environment is not only instrumental, but critical in maintaining the person’s independence.

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