Loss of memory can lead to loneliness without a helper to assist in keeping up connections

Try: Help a Care recipient (cr) with dementia observe the birthdays of friends and families #mark on the calendar all birthdays the cr would like to acknowledge with a card # help the cr by naming people one at a time and asking if the cr would like to send them cards when their birthdays arrive #contact people on the list for birthdates and complete addresses #write the names and addresses on the calendar for the cr #remind the cr to look ahead on the calendar a week before a birthday assist the cr to write in or sign a card #help the cr address and mail the card #don’t push sending cards when the activity is no longer enjoyable or meaningful to the cr

Materials: Box of cards postage stamps calendar

Categories: Cognitive Intellectual, Emotional Psychological, Needs Some Assistance, Independence, Some Supervision, Maximum Supervision, Fully Aware, Somewhat Aware, Long-Term Memory, Good L T Memory, So-So L T Memory, Poor L T Memory, Short-Term Memory, Good S T Memory, So-So S T Memory, Poor S T Memory

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