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Thread #150683   Message #3515200
Posted By: billybob
15-May-13 - 03:47 AM
Thread Name: BS: Dementia tips for carers
Subject: RE: BS: Dementia tips for carers
Dear Joe, hang in there, you and your wife are doing so well I know how hard it is.

Do try and get the book I recommended, " Contented Dementia" I have found in just one week since reading it MY stress levels have gone down! Remember that when Grandma asks the questions , in her mind it is the first time she has asked you. In the book they teach you a form of word "ping pong" when she asks a question answer with a phrase that reminds her of a past pleasure she , hopefully, will respond with a phrase related to that, then you "bat" another phrase back. I know it sounds odd but it sometimes works!

In a way it is a form of distraction, just like we employ with the little grandchildren. There is a big similarity in the two stages of life!

Will keep you in my thoughts Joe,

Wendy xx