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Independence for Elders Necessary for Identity, Dignity

Fire-firework-light-5076-525x350Dignity and identity are often tied to independence. As aging issues eat away at our loved ones’ ability to follow through on tasks that they always loved, the feeling that life is worth living can fade, as well. Our task as a caregiver is to encourage activities that contribute to our loved ones’ feelings of self-worth while watching for safety concerns. If you as a caregiver you are in doubt, it’s generally best to error on the side of encouraging more independence rather than less. 

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“I hold onto your book as a life preserver and am reading it slowly on purpose...I don't want it to end.”  Craig William Dayton, Film Composer 

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