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Skip to 0 minutes and 10 seconds There was a lady in a community, and every day around 3:30, she got up to leave, and people labeled her as an exit seeker, an elopement risk, and she got agitated. That one nutty caregiver sat where she would sit, where this lady would sit,

Skip to 0 minutes and 27 seconds and as she sat at 3:30, school buses went by outside the window. So what was this lady thinking? She had to get home cause her kids were getting off the bus. You can blame that on Alzheimer’s, or you can understand why this mom has to get home to her children. So you know what they did to solve the problem? They close the window. When this lady does not see the school buses, she isn’t triggered to want to go home. How can you get behind their eyes and understand what they’re seeing right now?

Quick story: Waiting by the window

Understanding life from the perspective of a person with Alzheimer’s can provide insight to the “why” that lies behind the actions. This week has been about living their truth, and sometimes we have to put in extra effort to try and understand what is going on in their mind.

Have you ever had to work hard to understand another person’s perspective? Please share your experiences in the comments section.

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Creating Moments of Joy for People with Alzheimer’s

Purdue University