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Donna's Blog - Dementia Thoughts and Ideas

Thoughts, concepts and ideas about dementia care...


  • Computers and Dementia

    Recently I was asked about the benefits of making computers available to residents in a dementia unit. My own experience has been in using iPad apps with residents and I expressed some reservation that residents with less range of motion and difficulties with spatial perception would be successful with a keyboard and mouse. I ended up answering the original question with an...

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  • iPads and Dementia

    When someone first suggested using an iPad with a resident with dementia, I was skeptical to say the least. I was barely familiar with them, how could someone with dementia who had never seen one before deal with it? Well, as it turns out...

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  • The Benefits of Name Tags

    How many times have you met up with somebody that you know and no matter how hard you try you can’t come up with their name? Now imagine how that feels for the person with dementia. For you it’s generally a passing moment but for the person with dementia...

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  • Finding the Meaning in What They Say

    One of the first interactions that I had with someone with dementia occurred many years ago. I was spending the day with my mother-in-law in a facility in Toronto. For part of the morning we sat in the lobby watching the crazy Toronto traffic drive by.

    I happened to notice a van go by with the name “Howland” printing in large letters on the side. Apparently, so did my mother-in-law. The reason that I know this is because later that afternoon...

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