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When faced with a significant medical or care decision, having another set of eyes and ears on the situation can provide important, objective feedback that otherwise might go overlooked.
You just never really know why someone with Alzheimer’s Disease or other dementia repeats the same question or comment over and over. Is it really simply a lack of short-term memory or are there other possible reasons?
Medication is often a fact of life, especially as we age. Just as we explore potential side effects, equally as important is to understand possible interactions with other medications, both over-the-counter and prescribed.
Learn to "let go". Although it is a commonly used phrase, how many of us actually know what it means and even if we do know, how do we do it?
This is the time of year for family gatherings and holiday celebrations. Perhaps your travel plans include a trip with someone who has had a decline in cognition that will require extra vigilance and preparation.
Deborah Richman is the Vice President, Education and Outreach for the Alzheimer’s Association Minnesota-North Dakota. She is certified as an Activity Consultant/Educator with the National Certification Council of Activity Professionals (NCCAP) and is certified by the Alzheimer’s Association to offer Foundations of Dementia Care.