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We all have in the trenches experience that can help others caring for loved ones with dementia - lets share them

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Dear Friends,

Thank you for all your kind help this year. I'm keeping these tips for my next go around.
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If they have trouble with brushing teeth & spitting out then use children's toothpaste as it is less of a problem if swallowed
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I have had to learn a new language with my wife since her dementia includes aphasia.
She ask me once if she should go the power. Translation of power was restroom.
No could be yes. She has tried to eat soup with a fork or putting it in a glass and use a straw. Or she may eat her rice with a spatula. She has tried to go out with her bra on the outside of her blouse.
She can dress herself but needs supervision on the proper order of clothing.
And so many other things I have learned to deal with. Time for her is of no essence and changing the bed at four in the morning with me sleeping in it means nothing to her.
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Irishgirl,
Keep walking! That is a good thing.
Can you stop at a coffeeshop for a cup of tea?
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Give it time. Let her get used to you. Keep offering. It may be that genuinely she can't summon any interest in anything any more, or it may be that one day when she gets to know and trust you she'll try something you suggest.

You could also look round her home for clues. Ask tactful (!) questions, draw her into conversation.

Walking's good for her anyway, so even if she doesn't need to go to a particular store try to make up a reason. Or just smell the flowers on the way!
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I'm new to care giving. My client is not interested in any suggestions of doing anything. Not music, not coloring, not puzzles, not TV. She does like to walk but we have been to every store near by. She doesn't engage what she does like. Its hard to help. What do I do?
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Thanks to all of you who shared. Some of the tips I've been doing, but did find a few I wasn't. It is really nice knowing I'm not alone in this caregiver role. I'm glad I "stumbled" across this website and forum.
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Just discovered great online resource for 'adaptive care' clothing. The
Website is: buck and buck.com - here I found men's slacks with a Velcro fly as well as men's shirts with Velcro closures (they look like buttons down the front), very clever.
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Thank you I found a lot of these will help today & some ill file away til needed. This is my support group,my hobby, my knowledge base & my source of laughter, thanks for being here
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Mom2mom - thanks for your tip on bed sheets and pads. So simple, obvious- sometimes we get so close to the issues to really see clearly.
We'll implement this right away!
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