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As caregivers, we strive to meet all our loved ones’ needs. We give medication reminders, cook meals, manage doctor’s appointments and keep schedules. Our daily tasks can all be challenging, but one, in particular, gives families a lot of grief: ensuring our loved ones are stimulated and entertained. If a senior’s abilities have waned, it can be challenging to find ways to adapt or replace the pastimes they once loved. Sometimes, though, our loved ones simply lose interest and incentive to participate in life. They may complain or nag us or spend most of each day sleeping or watching television. What is a caregiver to do? It all depends on a senior’s personality and their living situation.

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