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Dementia Care for Families

To help a person with Alzheimer's or dementia remain as independent as possible for as long as possible, it is important to address their changing needs early. Research shows that in the early stages, memory and cognitive changes can be slowed and that people can actually acquire new information and apply that learning to improve their performance on cognitive tasks.

As the person's abilities decline, it becomes more challenging to help them maintain their independence, but much can still be done to support the person and allow them to lead a more fulfilling life.

The articles and resources in this section are designed around caring for a loved one in a home environment but can also apply to facility care.

  • Montessori Dementia Care At Home

    Caring for someone with dementia at home isn't easy, but it can be very satisfying. You can't talk to the person in the same way, nor do the same things with them, but you can make their life more satisfying.

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  • Daily Life At Home with Someone with Dementia

    One of the most important concepts in helping a person with dementia is to allow and encourage them to do as much for themselves as possible. It helps the person retain their self-esteem and gives them the confidence to want to do more, but it's not easy. As the caregiver, you have to modify how things are done to allow the person to be successful and you have to provide guidance when necessary...

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  • Habits, Routines and Hobbies and Dementia

    Habits and routines developed over a long time tend to stay with a person even as their dementia progresses. Reinforcing these routines and developing new ones in the early stages will help the person better cope later on. Hobbies also play a critical role - it is very important that the person continue with these activities, even if they have to be modified to allow them to do so...

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