Environmental Influences on People with Dementia. Patrick Arbore, Ed.D. Founder & Director, Center for Elderly Suicide Prevention & Grief Related Services Institute on Aging, San Francisco, CA. Center for Elderly Suicide Prevention & Grief Related Services (CESP).
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Environmental Influences on People with Dementia
Patrick Arbore, Ed.D.
Founder & Director, Center for Elderly Suicide Prevention & Grief Related Services
Institute on Aging, San Francisco, CA
24-hour Friendship Line for the Elderly – 800-971-0016
Individual Grief Counseling and Traumatic Loss Groups
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What does the environment tell us –
The physical environment can do much to alleviate difficult behavior:
The setting must address more than the basic requirements of space, esthetic appeal, lighting, air circulation, cleanliness, and accessibility
As the person with dementia progresses with the illness, the ability to perform every day functions decreases
Safety actions may look like:
Signs of Unsafe Driving:
When these and other signs appear, it is time to assess the situation – Don’t wait for an accident
“With my failing memory every day begins new—and often ends that way, unable to negotiate a past as short as twelve hours.”
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