Memory Loss Makes Interacting Difficult

Sandra Place, administrator of the Jackson County Medical Care Facility, recently answered some questions about memory loss.  In response to a question about how to smoothly interact with someone with memory loss, Place recommended always using proper nouns in the place of pronouns, focus on body language like maintaining eye contact, keep the conversations concrete and treat the person with respect.  To avoid memory loss, Place says research suggests “a healthy diet, physical activity, an active social life with positive social connections and support, and mentally stimulating activity help keep aging individuals mentally healthy.”  She also notes NCCA’s suggestion that involvement in creative pursuits also reduces the risk of cognitive decline and promotes healthy aging.
The Jackson City Patriot, July 18, 2011

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