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GriefCredittim-doerfler-591849-unsplashDementia may have robbed our friends or loved ones of their ability to understand their own environment, follow a sequence of directions or even understand how to use the toilet. These issues do not in any way make these people less than adults and they should never be treated as such. Treating our elders with respect and dignity means understanding that lost cognitive ability doesn’t take away their adulthood. Elders have lived a lifetime and have left a legacy - some more admirable than others. However, nothing they have done or not done during their lives turns them into overgrown children.

Read full article on HealthCentral about communicating with someone in the later stages of Dementia:

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