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Shh, he's sleeping.

We have a couple residents who don’t speak much, if at all. We also have a “baby station” that is set up to look like

Aphasia.

One of my favorite residents has aphasia, which essentially means she can’t communicate verbally. I also refer to this as “nonverbal,” because she does try

I don't want to lie to her.

It’s amazing how often I hear people say this regarding a person with dementia. “I don’t want to lie to her.” This is a good

I'm not getting off this bus.

“I won’t, I know it’s a trick, I want to go home and I won’t get off this bus until it takes me there,” she

They all think I'm crazy.

“We’ve got to get out of here!” she screamed. “They are dangerous people and they’re after us! They think I’m crazy but I know the

Music

It’s almost unbelievable, when you haven’t seen it, to realize the power of music even on people with advanced dementia. There’s this one resident at

I actually work for a pretty large regional healthcare company. It's a network of hospitals, primary care physician groups, home care, and nursing homes. We only serve Colorado and Kansas at this point. I just knew that there was a Clare Bridge in the area because you hear about facilities around, for referrals and the like. Where did you get your MA?

Oh, awesome! Brookdale Senior Living has a lot of Clare Bridge locations across the country, and they actually just bought Emeritus Senior Living, so there

Everyone can see I've been crying.

“I don’t want to sit in there. She’s turned on me, and everyone can see I’ve been crying.” She was sure that her daughter wasn’t

Flowers, a cake, invitations.

“I need a cab!” he said, motioning to the phone. “Oh, where do you need to go?” I asked. “I’m getting married soon,” he smiled.

16 Things I Would Want If I Got Dementia

Get the FREE “16 Things” poster for your personal use—or better yet—your dementia care community’s staff break room!

I wrote this poem years ago, but to date, it’s the most popular piece I’ve ever created.

16 things poster