It’s Alzheimer’s Awareness Month!

How to help the person do things independently

In the middle stages, large, clearly written signs
with step-by-step directions can help the person
continue to do basic tasks like microwave a frozen
meal or get dressed. The person is likely to need
instructions repeated many times. Patience is key.

An occupational therapy
practitioner offers expertise to:

Observe the person at home and recommend
changes to make it easier to do things more
independently, such as create new routines, modify
existing routines, or add adaptive equipment. The
occupational therapist can also determine if the
person responds better to certain types of cueing
and other communication strategies, and work with
you to use those strategies.

Please visit www. Aota.org for more helpful tips.

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