Alzheimer’s Patients

An individual with Alzheimer’s disease may be:

• A person with intact social graces.
• A person who maintains old skills and talents.
• A person who responds to children and pets.
• A person who thrives on music and the arts.
• A person who is physically fit.
• A person who has excellent hand-eye coordination.
• A person who experiences all five senses.
• A person who responds to the experience of new information.
• A person who gives and receives love and affection.
• A person who can reminisce and respond to stories from others.
• A person who is compassionate and concerned.
• A person who enjoys verbal and nonverbal communication.
• A person who can be surprisingly flexible.
• A person who has a sense of humor.
• A person who is productive.

The Alzheimer’s Disease Bill of Rights

• To be out-of-doors on a regular basis.
• To enjoy meaningful activities to fill each day.
• To have physical contact including hugging, caressing, and hand-holding.
• To be with persons who know one’s life story, including cultural and religious traditions.
• To be cared for by individuals well trained in dementia care.
• To live in a safe, structured and predictable environment.
• To be informed of one’s diagnosis.
• To have appropriate, ongoing medical care.
• To be productive in work and play as long as possible.
• To be treated like an adult, not a child.
• To have expressed feelings taken seriously.
• To be free from psychotropic medications if at all possible.