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Alzheimer’s/Dementia

A person who is having cognitive failures repeatedly needs to have some opportunities to succeed. You must make this achievable for them, so they are not experiencing failure after failure. Adjust the expectations for the person with Dementia (PWD) so they can consistently experience success rather than failure and frustration.

Debra Kostiw is very familiar with the many changes that families struggle to understand and deal with Alzheimer’s and Dementia. What works today may not work tomorrow. Use this example of 10 Absolutes to help make life easier for both the person with dementia (PWD) as well as the caregiver. Simplify daily tasks and create positive interactions, and success. Compliments of Jo Huey.

TEN ABSOLUTES              

ABSOLUTELY NEVER!                        

 
  1. ARGUE
instead
          AGREE
  2. REASON
instead
          DIVERT
  3. SHAME
instead
          DISTRACT
  4. LECTURE
instead
          REASSURE
  5. SAY "REMEMBER"
instead
          REMINISCE
  6. SAY "I TOLD YOU"
instead
          REPEAT/REGROUP
  7. SAY "YOU CAN’T"
instead
          DO WHAT THEY CAN
  8. COMMAND/DEMAND
instead
          ASK/MODEL
  9. CONDESCEND
instead
          ENCOURAGE/PRAISE
10. FORCE
instead
          REINFORCE
     

©Huey 1996  

Important Tips:
  • Make sure your house number is clearly visable from the street, even at night, for emergency responce vehicles.
  • In most cases you can write off Home Care on your taxes. Please consult your personal accountant on this issue.

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