A Little Improv Can Go a Long Way with Dementia

Not easy being a family caregiver, whether in situ or long distance, to remember the good practice day in day out all we can do is aim to get it right. Posts like this one though help enormously.

Thank you Diana for sharing. Really great advice – I sometimes forget the AND, but your lovely post will help me remember why it is so vital.

Long Distance Daughter

improv-sign-crop2 Credit: Tom Magliery

Most days, dad sleeps a lot. But today, he’s wide awake. He’s on the phone, yelling at me. He’s so angry, but there’s sadness in his voice, too. “I don’t have any money, I don’t have a car. I don’t even have any shoes,” he tells me. “And I’ve got to go down and see mom and dad.”

Now, my dad is 92 and his parents have been gone for decades. He has money in bank accounts that he doesn’t remember how to access, and he has a car he’s no longer able to drive. These days, his shoes mostly stay in the closet. He wears his slippers when he has the energy to walk down to the dining room to eat with his friends Leo and John, or when he gets the urge to bust out of the skilled nursing wing where he lives. He heads…

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