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The Other Face of Alzheimer’s Disease

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By David Toxel and Virginia Bell • www.ProHealth.com • October 31, 2000


Every individual with Alzheimer’s disease is:

A person with infinite value.
A person with a name.
A person with a spirit.
A person with feelings.
A person with will and personality.
A person with a life story.
A person who has a physical environment.
A person who has the present moment.

A careful assessment may reveal that the person with
Alzheimer’s disease may still be:

A person who gives and receives love and affection.
A person who can reminisce and respond to stories from others.
A person who is compassionate and concerned.
A person who enjoys verbal and nonverbal communication.
A person who can be surprisingly flexible.
A person who has a sense of humor.
A person who is productive.
A person with intact social graces.
A person who maintains old skills and talents.
A person who responds to children and pets.
A person who thrives on music and the arts.
A person who is physically fit.
A person who has excellent hand-eye coordination.
A person who experiences all five senses.
A person who responds to the experience of new information.

Virginia Bell & David Troxel. American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, January/February, 1999. Used with permission.



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