Terry will live in a nursing home the rest of her life due to dementia and mental health issues. Her behaviors at times are erratic and she sometimes throws things. A long time friend of hers had been storing some personal items, books, sheet music etc. for Terry and decided to purchase a bookcase for Terry’s room to be used to hold the items. This resulted in a significant positive change for Terry who now feels that even though she is not living in her home she has her “things” around her. It’s amazing what having just a little bit of ourselves can do to change an outlook or a positive attitude. I find this the same when individuals are moving into retirement communities. The move is made so much easier if the apartment can be furnished with personal items and mementos.

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About Pamela Wilson

PAMELA D. WILSON, MS, BS/BA, NCG, CSA helps caregivers and aging adults solve caregiving problems and manage caregiving needs through online programs, live support groups, and an extensive caregiving library that includes articles, podcasts, videos, and webinars.

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