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Dementia

Published February 17, 2009 2:42 PM by Lisa Catenacci
So, I really don't know a lot about working with patients who have dementia, but many of my patients are affected with this injury.  Likewise, I have a personal experience of dementia with my great-grandmother. 

What I'm wondering is- do you have any tips for me?  Words of wisdom?  Tips or tricks that work, things to look for?

Next week I will post a blog about what I've learned.  I hope you'll give me something to write about!

2 comments

A book: The 36 hour day.

I have read it twice.  Lots of info in there for families and care providers.  The best part is that we can witness it first hand by being part of the persons life.  

Methods of treatment vary depending on severity and progression.  I have found minimal verbal cues sometimes helps so the person does not get overwhelmed by input.  

karen February 21, 2009 11:55 AM

This is a subject that greatly interests me.  My mother in law is in a nursing home suffering from Alzheimers.  It is sad to watch its degenerative effects but we've learned not to contradict her when she says something, like thinking her husband is still alive when he died years ago.  She remembers things from years ago but not current issues - like what she or we said 5 minutes ago!  She enjoys company so we try to keep it positive and visits short.  I highly recommend a new book:  Still Alice by Lisa Genova. It will help you understand the disease.

Ruth February 19, 2009 9:55 AM
Lexington SC

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