Dorothy’s Dementia

Music- Mom loves country and bluegrass music.  When she is in the car and I remember to turn the channel to country- it calms her down.   She is quiet and calm and doesn’t sing much of her song. 

 I am in the process of “MacGyvering” some sort of a radio- hooked up to a timer- to turn on and off at designated hours- in a hidden place where she can’t’ find it.  I think I have it figured out in my head- but we will see if it actually works.

I could purchase an Alexis- or something similar- but you need wi-fi and someone to turn it on and off.  Not sure the “Assisted Living Staff would do that- (I’m sure they would for a price).    

My goal is to have this figured out by this weekend.  And I’ll let you know – if not -I’m going back to square one.

Just remember- demented folks are not themselves and the tiniest thing will set them off, sort of like a terrible two -we’ve all seen them throw tantrums.  The key is to just let them vent- and try to divert their attention to something else, like- “would you like to go out for an Ice Cream Cone?”   Once you’re in the car- they won’t remember why they are there or where they are going- but an Ice Cream Cone usually fixes everything for everybody.

Peace & Love,

Cheryl Doreen

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