Your Stories

Dealing with dementia behavior is not always intuitive. Sometimes the best ideas come from real people in real situations. Below we have shared some of the most interesting and valuable stories we have gathered, and we encourage you to share your own!

He Doesn’t Sleep in Pajamas
First, he refused to wear pajamas to bed – he insisted on remaining fully clothed. Second, he would get up at night and check in on persons. This meant looking in at them while they were sleeping.
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It’s Either This or Standing in the Corner
Busy work is never appreciated, whether or not a person has memory problems. It can be viewed as a punishment, especially when similar activities were used as punishment in past settings, such as school.
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Toilet Seats and Eucalyptus Leaves
An older man with memory problems who had worked for many years on a ranch in the Outback of Australia became a resident of a nursing home. He exhibited a “behavior of concern” when he began to urinate in many different places, except for his bathroom.
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I Didn’t Know That She Could Do That
If we can adjust reading materials and activities to accommodate changes in abilities in persons with memory impairment, often they can recover abilities.
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Solution to Interruptions
A client in an adult day center in Paris would disrupt the daily reading of the schedule of activities. She would ask questions, make comments, and upset other clients. When they would tell her to shut up, she would get angry and shout back at them.
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A Different Visit

A Different Visit

Hiding the Stranger in the Mirror

Hiding the Stranger in the Mirror

Montessori Methods for Dementia

Montessori Methods for Dementia