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””

What can biscuits teach us about dementia care?

It is not about the big parties, the birthdays, or the holiday celebrations. In dementia care, it is about the small things. It’s about the moments that most of us forget or take for granted. It’s about taking my residents out for ice cream, baking cookies with them, or putting on some of their favoriteContinue reading “What can biscuits teach us about dementia care?”

Once A Teacher.

I learn something new every day at work. Recently I learned that I should never underestimate a person’s abilities. Every other week we go to a local daycare and read to the children. The kids range in age from 1 to 6 years old. My residents absolutely love reading to the children and we alwaysContinue reading “Once A Teacher.”

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