Care recipient (cr) has trouble recalling both distant and recent events of his or her personal life

Try: #be a good listener and get a sense of whether the cr is troubled by the loss of memory of events if the cr is safe and untroubled be patient and look for ways to keep the cr oriented to the present #help the cr stay centered in the present by sticking to a regular daily routine limiting disruptions hold daily conversations with the cr about what is in the news or what is happening with close family members or friends #keep photos of close family members or friends displayed where the cr can see them #when there is time you or a visitor can review photo albums or scrapbooks with the cr perhaps enabling the cr to access some memories but if this is frustrating or the cr is uninterested don’t push it #don’t push the cr to recall past events if he or she is distressed by the realization that memory is being lost and be patient forgetting is not something a cr with dementia does on purpose

Materials: Patience conversation regular routine photos of close family members and friends photo albums or scrapbooks

Categories: Cognitive Intellectual, Mobility, Mobile, Needs Some Assistance, Independence, No Supervision, Some Supervision, Long-Term Memory, Poor L T Memory, Short-Term Memory, Poor S T Memory

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*This information is listed as a Tip and is not explicitly medically licensed

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