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Ways Caregivers Can Avoid Elderspeak with Seniors

Elderspeak occurs when someone in a senior’s life, whether well-meaning or not, uses language that talks down to an older adult by focusing on their age and ailments instead of what they can do and who they are. While elderspeak is often used unintentionally by healthcare professionals, it can have huge negative effects on seniors, particularly those who suffer from Alzheimer’s or other types of dementia. Here are five ways caregivers can try to stay more aware of what they say and do so they can avoid elderspeak. Continue reading

How Poetry Can Help People With Dementia

Through stimulating, intellectual, and creative activities, people with Alzheimer’s and dementia can relax, communicate, and feel good about themselves. Art and music therapy are both proven ways of helping people with dementia that have been shown to trigger memories and calm people down. Likewise, people with dementia can benefit from another type of art: poetry. Through poetry, people with Alzheimer’s and dementia can practice language, writing, social, and recall skills. Continue reading