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Today’s Tip:  Remember that long-term and short-term memory can be very different.

I am NOT a doctor, so this is NOT medical advice.  However, I did work for the Alzheimer’s Association raising funds for their international research program.  It is from that education that I give this tip.

While not true in everyone, remember that some folks with dementia retain portions of their long-term memory far longer than their short-term memory.  Therefore, it can be worthwhile to share old photos, ask questions about childhood, old family members, etc.

Often this is a non-threatening, positive mental exercise, can help the individual enjoy some interaction with others and help the family historian.

Again, I am not saying this is medical advice, nor am I saying it is true in every case, however I have found it to often be the case.  It can really lead to some wonderful interactions and sometimes some nice information!

Onward To Our Past,

Scott
  1. Jo Reply

    I recently found a video on You Tube by Anne Reid of Speaking Lives. She records family memories – and said that older people often remember things from childhood, but forget more recent events. Recording their memories is fun for them, and family/carers have new subjects to discuss with them. Good tip!

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