Click Here to Add a Title

Tips to Minimize Disorientation While in the Hospital

•Ask the doctor if you can bring favorite foods from home

•Bring favorite sweater, music, or pictures to make your loved one more comfortable

•Bring your loved one’s glasses, hearing aids, dentures to the hospital

•Get your loved one moving at least 3 times a day (get help from the nurse when warranted)

•Have a list of your loved one’s medical conditions, allergies and medications handy

•Stay close by and take notes of what’s happening

Memory Improvement Strategies

•Create “To Do” lists

•Focus on one activity at a time, try not to multitask

•Keep calendar up to date

•Repeat something you want to remember out loud

•Store important items like wallet, keys, glasses in a designated place

•Write notes to yourself

Adapted from Consumer Reports

Tips to Keep Your Memory Sharp

•Eat healthy foods


•Get involved (volunteer, join a book club, take a class, play music, garden)

•Keep blood pressure under control

•Limit Alcohol

•Play games (cards, board games, crossword puzzles)

•Reduce stress



•Stop smoking

Click this text to start editing. This image and text block is great for descriptions about your business, products, or services. Double-click the image on the right to change it. You can also stack more of these blocks to describe items with imagery.

Click Here to Add a Title

10 Alternative Ways to Say “No” to Someone with Dementia

•I think I’d be more comfortable doing ______; sound good?

•I think it’s too hot/cold/wet today

•I wish we could!

•Oh, I can just imagine that

•Really? You have so much energy/enthusiasm/imagination/curiosity

•That sounds like fun for next time

•That’s a good idea; let’s try to plan something for later

•That’s an interesting idea to think about

•Would you really like to do that? I didn’t know that about you

•Wouldn’t that be nice?

Adapted from

How to Offer Choices to Someone with Moderate-Stage Dementia

•Offer a choice, but say the answer you think the person prefers last: “Do you want the blue sweater or your favorite red one?”

•Simply make the choice for the person: “Here’s your ice cream”

•Lower stress even more by completely avoiding challenging, open-ended choices, such as: “What do you want to do today?”

Adapted from