Adopting an activity for people with dementia

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I took a normally tough tic-tac-toe board and turned it into a simple, physical activity for a woman with dementia. She didn’t feel like getting up and going into the other room, where we normally do activities, so I brought the game to her. Two simple adaptations made it so we could still engage in something meaningful together. I also turned off the TV so there wouldn’t be a lot of extraneous stimuli.

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Rachael Wonderlin is an internationally-recognized dementia care expert and consultant. She has a Master’s in Gerontology and is the author of two published books with Johns Hopkins University Press. Rachael owns Dementia By Day, a dementia care consulting and education company.

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