Does Dementia Have to Rule the House?

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Jan, a CareGiving.com blogger who cares for her mom, recenly wrote in her post, "All Aboard the Love Boat":

"I read an article on ways to get dementia patients to eat better. “Is the tablecloth too busy? Is the food too bland-looking? Is there no distinction between the food and the tablecloth?” REALLY? I’m overwhelmed with the minutia of trying to make her happy, keep her dignity. “Just let her wash the dishes. So what if you have to do them all over again when she’s done.” So what if we all get sick? I don’t think so. Since when did having one disabled person have to control an entire household?

Claire Day, our dementia care expert, joins Denise to discuss this question: Does dementia have to rule the house?

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