Well-meaning family and formal caregivers sometimes start to "overdo" for persons living with dementia. "I don't want her to get hurt" or "I don't want him to feel embarrassed" or "It is just so much easier if I do (fill in the blank)." What people do not realize is that once a person with dementia forgets how to do an activity or task, he or she is rarely able to relearn it. There just aren't enough nerve cells and brain chemicals to knit together a new memory.
People with dementia are vibrant, wonderful people...who happen to have a little, or maybe a lot, of forgetfulness. Here's the thing...the drive, the search for meaning, the desire for affection, the desire to be HEARD...remain. What changes is that the OUTLETS for the expression of these important desires and drives get cut off by the dementia...regardless of the type. The loss of these outlets create anger, frustration, irritability and other behaviors. Sensitive and meaningful interactions with others can reduce the isolation felt by people with dementia.
Learn how to adapt previous hobbies and activities so that the person living with dementia can still have positive outlets while maintaining optimum function!
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