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Tips to Minimize Disorientation While in the Hospital
  • Ask the doctor if you can bring favorite foods from home
  • Bring favorite sweater, music, or pictures to make your loved one more comfortable
  • Bring your loved one’s glasses, hearing aids, dentures to the hospital
  • Get your loved one moving at least 3 times a day (get help from the nurse when warranted)
  • Have a list of your loved one’s medical conditions, allergies and medications handy
  • Stay close by and take notes of what’s happening

Memory Improvement Strategies
  • Create “To Do” lists
  • Focus on one activity at a time, try not to multitask
  • Keep calendar up to date
  • Repeat something you want to remember out loud
  • Store important items like wallet, keys, glasses in a designated place
  • Write notes to yourself 

Adapted from Consumer Reports

Tips to Keep Your 
Memory Sharp
  • Eat healthy foods
  • Exercise
  • Get involved (volunteer, join a book club, take a class, play music, garden)
  • Keep blood pressure under control
  • Limit Alcohol
  • Play games (cards, board games, crossword puzzles) 
  • Reduce stress
  • Rest
  • Socialize 
  • Stop smoking

10 Alternative Ways to Say “No” to  Someone with Dementia 
  • I think I’d be more comfortable doing ______; sound good?
  • I think it’s too hot/cold/wet today
  • I wish we could!
  • Oh, I can just imagine that
  • Really? You have so much energy/enthusiasm/imagination/curiosity
  • That sounds like fun for next time
  • That’s a good idea; let’s try to plan something for later
  • That’s an interesting idea to think about
  • Would you really like to do that? I didn’t know that about you
  • Wouldn’t that be nice?
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How to Offer Choices to Someone with  Moderate-Stage Dementia
  • Offer a choice, but say the answer you think the person prefers last: “Do you want the blue sweater or your favorite red one?”
  • Simply make the choice for the person: “Here’s your ice cream”
  • Lower stress even more by completely avoiding challenging, open-ended choices, such as: “What do you want to do today?”
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