Thinking About Thanking Before Thanksgiving

Dear Friends and Colleagues, To keep things simple here, let's call "your loved one with dementia" Frances. Frances may be your husband or wife, your mother or father, your sibling or friend. We always refer to her as "she." You may find yourself (or Frances' caregivers or friends) treating Frances as if she is no longer herself. And in some ways, she is not "the Frances you knew and loved." But she is indeed still Frances. And Thanksgiving- the season of gratitude- is a great opportunity to express your own gratitude to Frances for being who she is- and to help Frances feel grateful. Everyone loves to feel appreciated. And if Frances enjoys being creative, Thanksgiving offers several craf

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