By Shirley S. Wang
July 19, 2017
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.