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Communicating With Someone Who Has Dementia

GetImage.aspxDear Carol: My loving aunt raised me after my mother died. She’s only 61 but she’s developed Alzheimer’s, the type that they call younger onset. She’s in a nursing home and I visit several times a week but she often doesn’t know me. Sometimes she’s just staring off into space. When I’m there I take her to the dining room and feed her and talk to her. I also try to engage her in other ways but it seems hopeless. How do I let her know that I want to help her and, more importantly, show her that I love her? Meg

 

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