Tag: dementia care

You Live Here Now.

One of the worst things that you can do to a person who lives in long-term memory care is to remind them that they live in long-term

We Are Related, Somehow.

“Here we go, down the road!” Marie* sang, tapping her walker on the ground as she moved down the hallway. Her son, a man in

An Old Friend.

I had taken a few of my residents out to lunch when I noticed a woman across the restaurant quietly observing us. It’s not uncommon

Going Out.

“That was fun. Thank you for taking us out,” Vera* said, getting off the bus. I genuinely enjoy outings with residents. I usually try to

Death & Dementia.

“What happens when your residents die? Do your other residents get upset? Do they remember that person?” many people have asked me.  Angela* has fairly

I asked a few of my residents with dementia to paint “whatever they wanted.” William* grinned and said, “Well, I don’t want to show everybody

A Conversation.

Elizabeth* usually cannot speak. Her dementia has impaired her ability to communicate verbally, but she’s incredibly expressive. Often, if spoken to, she’ll make noises like

Improv.

In high school I played field hockey. In college I decided that I wanted to adopt something else as my “sport”: improv comedy. I loved

My Name.

None of my residents with dementia have ever asked me what my name is. In fact, one of them calls me by the wrong name

Mrs. Washington DC

“You know, you had everything going for you. You were smart, beautiful, you had it all together, you could have been…Mrs. Washington DC! And now

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