Hi Rachael, My mother lives in Toronto, Ontario, she has dementia and is in her 90s. An Occupational Therapist recommended a rollator walker and a medical alert type necklace for her. She may need them, but she doesn’t want them. How do I convince her to use them? Susan

Convincing someone with dementia to use something is a tough one. The walker is really important, so the OT will have to work with her on that, and see if there’s some “carryover,” which means if the OT can get her to understand how to use it. The alert necklace, though? In all honesty, people with dementia don’t do well with those, because they just don’t know to press them when they need help. I wouldn’t worry about the alert necklace.

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