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,