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Tools for Interacting With People Who Have Dementia

Dementia is a general term for a loss of memory and other thinking abilities that is serious enough to interfere with activities of daily life. It has many causes, the most common cause is Alzheimer’s disease.

A diagnosis of dementia can have a huge impact on a person’s life. Someone recently diagnosed with dementia is likely to experience a range of emotions. These may include grief, loss, anger, shock, fear, disbelief and even relief from finally understanding their diagnosis.

Living with dementia presents many challenges for patients and their families. As a family member, friend or caregiver, there are specific ways we can interact with people with dementia that can increase the quality of our interactions and decrease many common frustrations.

Interacting with People Living with Dementia

• Slow your pace and allow time for the person to process and respond
• Simplify sentences or choices
• Ask one question at a time
• Speak clearly and calmly, be patient, listen
• Avoid arguing or embarrassing the person
• Seek to understand the person’s reality or feelings
• Gently redirect to another environment or subject as needed

We can all work together to spread dementia friendly practices by partnering with advocacy groups, state agencies and regulators to learn more about, follow and encourage dementia friendly practices in our communities.

People living with dementia still need the same things we all do – love, support, connection, community and engagement. It’s important to always remember that although someone with dementia may behave differently, they still deserve to live with dignity, respect and at their highest possible quality of life.

Contact Cathy Abreu, RN, BCPA at Cathy@NavitaHealth.com or 484-548-0201 for more information on living with and caring for people with dementia. Visit us online at www.NavitaHealth.com!

Revolutionary… Learn the “Reverse Aging Walk”

iStock_000012014469_Smallby Betsy Wetzig, BA, CCPT

Don’t wait until you are looking too old, aging too fast, and living with chronic pain. Better to stay youthful, agile, and strong with a reverse aging walk of your own. But, even if you already have problems, it’s not too late. Here is just one of many stories of people who have learned the benefits of a “Reverse Aging Walk.”

“It’s old age. It’s arthritis. Learn to live with it.” These are some of the words of discouragement I had received about my chronic pain. A neck too stiff for driving, aching shoulders, burning mid back, sore lower back, unsteady gait, and tender knee were all the old injuries that came back to haunt me, limit my mobility, and dash dreams of an active life.

Luckily a friend recommended I try working with Betsy Wetzig. After one class of Coordination Pattern™ Training and Dynamics and a week of doing the suggested exercises on my own, my pain began to recede! Now, I have been attending Betsy’s group class for two years. I have stood in the kitchen pain free while chopping veggies. My knee is much more stable as I carry a heavy basket of clean clothes up the stairs. My neck is turning farther and with more ease as I drive. I am now dreaming of a brighter more active future!

My whole body is improving. Recently, my massage therapist mentioned to me that my bunion is improving because there is much more movement in the big toe joint and the toe is at a better angle. The large muscles in my body are stronger while at the same time more loose. My muscles and skin are more firm. The exercises are paying off. It is much easier for me to move and I am back to walking for exercise. Other people are noticing my improvements. Bernice

Move Better – Be Better! Join movement expert, Betsy Wetzig. Learn simple exercises that tap into your natural coordination of mind-movement and body-brain. Make your every step a “Reverse Aging Walk.”

Use Coordination Pattern™ & Dynamics Training. Move Better – Be Better!

  • Prevent joint injuries and pain
  • Improve balance and ability
  • Look better – more dynamic
  • Unlock stress reactions and tightness
  • Improve your talents and abilities

“Reverse Aging Walk” Workshop
Sat., May 14, 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM Fee: $45
Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center, West LV
Register at 610-398-9652