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Viewpoint: Nurturing relationships key in caring for memory patients

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Communicating with a loved one who has Alzheimer's disease or another similar form of dementia can be a bit of a puzzle sometimes. We find that as the disease progresses, it is increasingly difficult to catch and hold their attention. At times, they seem to simply choose to, at best, ignore us, and at worst, become agitated as we try to engage them in conversation. There are steps we can take to increase our success as we work at keeping the communication lines open.

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