Reality orientation. People who have dementia may
benefit from a structured group program that encourages them to focus on a
variety of topics and to think creatively within their limits. This type of
program, sometimes called reality orientation or cognitive stimulation therapy,
is offered in some day care and residential settings.
Validation therapy. A person who has dementia may say things that don't make sense. A caregiver's response may be to correct or disagree with him or her. This can be frustrating for everyone. Validation therapy is a way to talk to someone with empathy. It can help to give the person with dementia a feeling of control or calmness. It recognizes his or her feelings and emotions.
Occupational therapy. Occupational therapists focus on a person's ability to
perform daily tasks and take part in social activities.
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January 27, 2014
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