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Welcome to CareNotes. In this special section we will feature a reader's letter and provide an opportunity for an interactive exchange that will help find some answers and possible solutions to concerns. If you wish to respond to this letter, simple follow the link provided at the end of the letter and add your comments and thoughts to our CareNotes Board.

This Week's Carenote

I am a CNA/caregiver and I live with my husband. I have the opportunity to provide care for a gentleman that is 69. He is in the mid stages of Dementia.

He lives with his wife in their home. He has a hard time communicating, he gets very frustrated when trying to follow directions. He sometimes gets bored also.

As a caregiver, I am trying to figure out what I can do to help him. I know that people living with dementia do not like a lot of choices as too many confuses them and they tend to shut down. He likes soothing music (which we play.) He used to read the newspaper but now that is a challenge for him. He likes to play catch but if you throw the ball over hand, he does not comprehend that he needs to catch it…but if you throw it under hand…then he catches the ball. TV…really is not watching it. Walking is sometimes a challenge as well. His wife has had him to several doctors but no one can help them out. I am open to any suggestions that you may have to help me out.

Thank you for your time and look forward to hearing from you.

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Shared by: Rose
North Dakota

I was wondering if looking at old pictures and assisting identifying people as you go along or your person would still be able to identify the person in the picture. If the person had animals identifying them? Another idea using audio books for a little while. My husband has short term memory loss so I know how difficult it is. Take care. R


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