By Shirley S. Wang

July 19, 2017

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In nursing homes and residential facilities around the world, health care

workers are increasingly asking dementia patients questions: What are your

interests? How do you want to address us? What should we do to celebrate the

life of a friend who has passed away?

 

The questions are part of an approach to care aimed at giving people with

memory loss and other cognitive problems a greater sense of control and

independence. At its core is the idea that an individual with dementia

should be treated as a whole person and not "just" a patient.