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Sat Apr 18, 2015, 11:22 AM

 

Idea from Adam Sandler film used to soothe dementia patients

For 94-year-old Louise Irving, who suffers from dementia, waking up every day to a video with a familiar face and a familiar voice seems to spark a flicker of recognition.

"Good morning, merry sunshine, how did you wake so soon?" Irving's daughter, Tamara Rusoff-Hoen, sings in a video playing from a laptop wheeled to her mother's nursing home bedside.

As the five-minute video plays, with stories of happy memories and get-togethers, Irving beams a bright smile before repeating the traditional family send-off.

"Kiss, kiss ... I love you."

Such prerecorded messages from family members are part of an apparently unique pilot program at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale aimed at helping victims of Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia break through the morning fog of forgetfulness that can often cause them agitation and fear...

https://celebrity.yahoo.com/news/families-videos-reassure-patients-dementia-051457060.html

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ND-Dem Apr 2015 OP
BlancheSplanchnik Apr 2015 #1
ND-Dem Apr 2015 #2
BlancheSplanchnik Apr 2015 #3
ND-Dem Apr 2015 #4
BlancheSplanchnik Apr 2015 #5
ND-Dem Apr 2015 #6
PosterChild Apr 2015 #7

Response to ND-Dem (Original post)

Sat Apr 18, 2015, 01:44 PM

1. such a common sense idea.

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Response to BlancheSplanchnik (Reply #1)

Sat Apr 18, 2015, 01:57 PM

2. I thought so too. It also made me wonder where the families are and why they

 

wouldn't just come over or call.

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Response to ND-Dem (Reply #2)

Sat Apr 18, 2015, 02:03 PM

3. not everyone has family.

Maybe no one, maybe they have family but the family's unkind, ..... Many different reasons.

Might be that the vids are helpful in the morning, before visiting hours, too.

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Response to BlancheSplanchnik (Reply #3)

Sat Apr 18, 2015, 02:04 PM

4. Except these folks do, because the videos were recently made by family according to the

 

article.

But this is the world we live in today.

BTW, did you see this? I posted it before:

http://gizmodo.com/inside-an-amazing-village-designed-just-for-people-with-1526062373

Centuries after Shakespeare wrote about King Lear's symptoms, there's still no perfect way to care for sufferers of dementia and Alzheimer's. In the Netherlands, however, a radical idea is being tested: Self-contained "villages" where people with dementia shop, cook, and live together—safely....

Hogeweyk, from a certain perspective, seems like a fortress: A solid podium of apartments and buildings, closed to the outside world with gates and security fences. But, inside, it is its own self-contained world: Restaurants, cafes, a supermarket, gardens, a pedestrian boulevard, and more.

The idea, explains Hogeweyk's creators, is to design a world that maintains as much a resemblance to normal life as possible—without endangering the patients.

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Response to ND-Dem (Reply #4)

Sat Apr 18, 2015, 02:18 PM

5. yes, I've seen that story. a wonderful thing! :) n/t

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Response to BlancheSplanchnik (Reply #5)

Sat Apr 18, 2015, 02:26 PM

6. I thought it was very interesting too; I'd like to see how it worked. Doubt I'll ever

 

have the chance to visit though...

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Response to ND-Dem (Reply #2)

Sat Apr 18, 2015, 02:36 PM

7. Every morning ? Just when they wake up? Some people...

... have to go to work.

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