Don’t ask someone with dementia if they “know your name” or “remember you”

If I can, I always opt to ditch my name tag in a dementia care environment. I let my friends with dementia decide what my name is: I’ve been Susan, Gwendolyn, and various peoples’ kids. I’ve been so many identities to my residents, too: a coworker, a boss, a student, a sibling, a friend fromContinue reading “Don’t ask someone with dementia if they “know your name” or “remember you””

Attachment to Objects

Many of my residents are very attached to particular items. This can become an issue when those objects go missing, which happens often. I once had a resident who lost her wedding ring. Despite her memory loss, she spent weeks focused on the loss of that ring. I told her family to please bring inContinue reading “Attachment to Objects”

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