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Meal Preparation

I attended a seminar on caregiving on June 12 at Kent State Stark. The presenter emphasized the importance of involving those with dementia with tasks/activities that they have enjoyed/done throughout their lives. So, I decided to put it to the test! I prepare and take a meal to my parents (mother has alzheimer's) once a week. I decided to involve her in the meal preparation. I picked her up and brought her to our home (the home she lived in for 25 years). I asked her to peel the potatoes for mashed potatoes. I set the peeler and clean potato in front of her, placed them in her hands, starting the process. She readily began peeling, just as she had 1,000's of times in her life! I was so delighted! When she got all 5 potatoes peeled, I asked her if she would like to wash the dishes, which she happily did! Plus, she dried them! I think I've discovered a new routine to do with my mother weekly! So pleased with the encouragement of the Presenter. 

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