October Pages

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. Above art project is by Truthful Kindness on 29Oct2021, titled “Harvest Celebration” and saved at >> https://www.flickr.com/photos/194191353@N04/51644908611/ .  (if you click on the picture it takes you to the full-size version.)

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Sometimes it can be difficult to understand the difference between blog “entries” on WordPress, and the WordPress concept of “pages”.  A blog PAGE is not automatically shared to eMail of those on subscription program; instead it goes under one of the tabs in the header.

Along with this month’s only blog “entry” (which was Winds of Change at https://truthfulkindness.com/2021/10/27/winds-change/ , the following “Pages” were added under the various categories.    — Now discovered i forgot to share “pages” in past recent months, so this this includes July thru Oct.

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will allow you to return to this tab easily (at top of window) when you finish.
Remember, Links are in colored text, NOT the pictures.

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Memorial:  Paulan Gordon’s LEGACY at >> https://truthfulkindness.com/memoriam/paulan-gordon-legacy/ .

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Jennifer Bute with “Misinterpretation or Hallucination” at >> https://truthfulkindness.com/index-persons-with-dementia-pwd/jennifer-bute/misinterpretation-hallucination/ .

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Art:

Harp of my Heart is at >> https://truthfulkindness.com/about/life-other/arts-crafts/harp-heart/ .

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Family History:

(Petrin ancestor)POW died 280yrs ago at >> https://truthfulkindness.com/about/life-other/family-history-index/pow-280/

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(Frey<Pate ancestor) Jeremiah Pate Guarding Lead Mines in War for Independence at >> https://truthfulkindness.com/about/life-other/family-history-index/jeremiah-pate-lead-mines/

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(Spencer<Morgan ancestor) William Morgan captured during French and Indian War at >> https://truthfulkindness.com/about/life-other/family-history-index/morgan-french-indian-war/ .

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Winds of Change

Tru here.

Yes, we recently had a big storm on Northern California coast, but that is actually not my topic this week.

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Saved at Flickr >> https://www.flickr.com/photos/194191353@N04/51595202371 .

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It seems change is the one un-deniable constant in our world; some things take a lo-o-o-n-g time to change … but change they do, especially with progressing dementia symptoms.  So it makes sense to be prepared for various types of change.

i have Cerebro-Vascular disease, and in addition to one in in July, i had three “events” (that we suspect were either silent strokes or mini-strokes) in during August;
08Jul2021,
09Aug2021,
26Aug2021 and
31Aug2021.
First i want to mention that the doctor did follow-up tests this year, and none of these tests show evidence of stroke-type event (altho none of the tests were right away, and some of them were not able to be scheduled until three weeks AFTER the last of the events). 
… But several things have changed;
in past years when i had an “event” i would have more fatigue, greater confusion, etc for about one week, but then i returned to my current “normal”. 
…  This year’s events triggered more than a month of extra fatigue and confusion.

Lasting change is probably just more results of my slow cognitive decline. 
My tremors have intensified, and that is creating greater complications with maneuvering medication, cell phone, etc.  Told husband that i am probably at the end of being able to fill my own weekly pill dispenser.
As i wrote last month, i am now getting hair tangled in my fingers, and need help with bath and shampoo. 
i need the walker MOST days in the house now (instead of occasionally) and i no longer go outside to care for chickens unless someone is with me.

….  No big suggestions for new strategies, except for keeping progression in mind, so that it is not so much of a shock, and so that you have the tools on hand to deal with the new symptoms.

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More difficult getting interested in story, whether in book or on video.  i start them … and then give up. 
Personally i am finding myself much more interested in art and craft projects right now.

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First try at digital art for “alcohol painting” technique, using ProCreate application. 18Aug2021.  Saved on Flickr at >> https://www.flickr.com/photos/194191353@N04/51593576796 .

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Second try at digital art for “alcohol painting” using ProCreate application. 11Oct2021 . Did the basic background, then picked what i wanted to emphasize and outlined it, then painted light layer of green over everything EXCEPT what i wanted to emphasize, and added shadow around it.  Saved at Flickr at >> https://www.flickr.com/photos/194191353@N04/51592933032 .

LINKS:

Overwhelming Fatigue

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You might want to check out my collection of Links for Symptoms and Strategies at >> https://truthfulkindness.com/about/d-info/links-sx-strategies/ .

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Shampoo Strategies with Dementia Progression

Tru here.

Until this summer, i have been able to bathe and shampoo my hair by myself,
with the assistance of setting the bottles to one side, and then transferring each bottle to the other side when i finish using it,
so i can SEE that the step or procedure has been completed, and there is no need to repeat and repeat.
(See suggestions in the hygiene section of “Links for symptoms and strategies” at https://truthfulkindness.com/about/d-info/links-sx-strategies/ ).

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Bath and shampoo takes high toll on thought process and physical abilities. 
Must conserve my energy until the bath, then not expect any important thinking or rational conversation until the next day

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New change;
first we discovered that i was not getting my hair thoroughly rinsed. 
Husband needed to rinse my hair and wash the back of my neck and the parts of body that i could not see

(anything i cannot see does not exist, LOL)

with added confusion and lack of cooperation with my finger dexterity,
i now also need help with soaping process,   
otherwise my hair winds around my fingers and i cannot get my fingers untangled. 

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First my husband and i washed my hair every-other-week, and on the alternate weeks he took me to Hair Company for shampoo. 
Now we have it much better as routine, so i only go for “professional” shampoo once a month. 
With my husband’s help, an added benefit is that the bath and shampoo does not consume quite as much energy; still consumes LOTS of energy, but not quite ALL the energy for a day. 

Also, dressing can consume much energy so
i do not try to dress on days for bath and shampoo;
i just pull on a zip-up lounge robe, with clean lounge robe afterwards until bedtime.

It was hard to accept that this change was needed, but i always feel more like ME with long hair,
and I would rather these adaptations than to cut my hair short — since i know this process was just “waiting in the wings” to be necessary even if i DID cut my hair. 
I know further changes will be needed in the future, but feel better now that hair care has been calendared appropriately.

Links:

“Links for symptoms and strategies” at https://truthfulkindness.com/about/d-info/links-sx-strategies/ .

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Re-Heated Taste

Tru here.

My Taste sensations are much stronger if the food is freshly cooked (and not re-heated).

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We have plenty of foods for me in the freezer, ready for re-heating since i need to eat every two hours for my blood sugar. 
In the past they tasted good … but now they are taste-less.

I WISH this article was about making leftover foods delicious, but for ME taste has strongly changed. 

Like so many other aspects of life,
cognitive decline impacts how we perceive the world and its sensory input.
The Brain determines how we perceive our senses:
… what we touch,
… what we see,
… what we hear,
… what we smell,
… and what we TASTE;
the brain also determines how we perceive the food and drink we put in our mouth (the taste perceptions).

Discovered that i can still taste some foods, but only if they are either raw or freshly-cooked.  Instead of ONE raisin, i now need several raisins at a time, un-diluted by other foods.  i no longer taste the raisins in my oatmeal, so i leave them out of my cereal and just pop a few into my mouth.

More likely to taste sauces than primary food (ketchup, ranch dressing, jam, etc).  Adding EXTRA salt, sugar, catsup, pepper, etc does not seem to be helpful at THIS time, and using these additions excessively may be adverse to existing health conditions.

i can taste the chicken when it comes off the grill (not much, and not always) but now never has chicken taste when cooled, cut-up, and re-heated for use in recipe.  Then it creates nice texture and needed protein, but never taste.

Once in a while i can taste burgers, but only when they are freshly cooked.  Especially do not taste hamburger that has cooled then been re-used in recipe.

So, since i dont taste re-heated foods, my supply in the freezer is not used near as much.  Actually, i am beginning to just drink a lot more of my protein drink. (Even tho i no longer taste much of the flavors in my chocolate/coffee protein drink, i really like the piping-hot or frosty-cold temperature and the creamy texture.).

The key now seems to be fresh or freshly-prepared foods with noticeable texture — texture not necessarily in big chunks, but small, crunchy, easy-to-swallow bits (not puree) create interest despite lack of taste.

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Blog only  MONTHLY instead of weekly:

Due to sciatica, i have been mostly in “Laying” position during July, and it has forced some realizations. 
1) My blog is now seven years old.  I have written 290 posts on various symptoms and strategies dealing with my own dementia symptoms, so there is not a lot of “new” things for ME to say on dementia until i experience new symptoms … or further symptom advancement brings new aspects and new strategies to focus. 
2)  Further cognitive loss, and, considering that factor, spending three days a week on dementia issues and connecting with dementia friends does not allow enough time to “finish” my Family History project. 
3)  Blog entries now AVERAGE 8 hours investment per entry.  Plan to change schedule and only focus one day per week on dementia issues and connecting with friends, hoping to share one blog entry per MONTH (instead of one weekly as i had been doing).  

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Overwhelming Fatigue

Tru here.

Again, no obvious “stroke” symptoms; no slurred speech or paralysis, etc.  … (at least nothing i remember).

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Complications are that i have been in rather a lot of stress due to sciatica pain, then i noticed the extreme fatigue that often follows what i personally call “an event”. 
Husband says i was “woozie” the night before, but i have no memory of that evening.  As usual after an “event”, i slept about 8 hours during the next day, and about 4 hours during the following day, with the daytime fatigue less and less in the next days, returning to my personal “normal” within about a week.  Will work on this article in short installments over the next four days, then publish.

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i have cerebroVascular disease. 
Had six “events” during 2016 (three of them within 6 weeks), and another string of events in 2019, so these symptoms are not a new experience.
Unfortunately, the few times i have shown muscle weakness or speech difficulty with an “event”, i was not able to get to the hospital while these symptoms were still showing.
So the three times i have gone to hospital for this, they have been unable to tell me if it was stroke or really any productive information — only “yes it MAY have been slight stroke, but we can only tell you that you have no “brain bleed.”  ugggh !!!

Now, unless i show obvious continuing stroke symptoms, i PERSONALLY do not bother with a trip to hospital (which deprives my brain of renewing sleep).  Instead i chew an extra baby aspirin and go to bed.  For a week or so I keep my walker extra-handy, and husband does all the walking around outside caring for chickens (where there are frequent fall risks and need to be carrying buckets with food and water).

If i go to the hospital then i sacrifice first day of sleep to renew my brain cells, because hospital waiting area has no area to lay down,
… so i cannot stay awake, but neither can i really sleep scrunched down in the chair with my neck flopped over, with all the sounds that go with hospital waiting area. 

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i am sure that IF i was showing obvious stroke symptoms when i was seen at hospital, then i would have been quickly examined and given a bed, but so far that has not happened for me.

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Nice easy listing for Heart Attack and Stroke Symptoms at https://www.heart.org/en/about-us/heart-attack-and-stroke-symptoms ;

Stroke symptoms are  B.E.  F.A.S.T.
Balance ? 
Eyes ?
Face Drooping ? 
Arm Weakness ? 
Speech Difficulty ?
Time to call 9.1.1.

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B.E.  F.A.S.T !!!

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2019 string >> https://truthfulkindness.com/2019/06/02/i-am-probably-asleep/

2016 string of “events” >> https://truthfulkindness.com/2016/04/03/wont-be-around-much/

Mayo Clinic info on Vascular Dementia is at >> https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/vascular-dementia/symptoms-causes/syc-20378793

… suspect slight stroke 08Jul2021pm and another three “events” during August.

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Can’t Hear Myself Think

Tru here on 30Jun2021.

Crying this morning. 

Thought there was no reason for my tears,
but then i realized the tinnitus (ringing in my ears) was so loud i could not hear myself think.

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i grew up near Multnomah Falls, and the Lodge restaurant was my first “real” job. 
This noise in my head sounds like the roar of a large waterfall;
the confusion overwhelms every other awareness.

My strategy tools of speaking out loud, reminding myself what task i am trying to do, or what i am trying to find … don’t work.

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Not all folks with dementia symptoms have tinnitus or other types of auditory hallucinations, but i think it is more prevalent in that population.

Tinnitus has been a problem for me since early in the process of cognitive decline (2004). 
It has been discussed with my doctor and i have done plenty of research.  including a link at bottom of this article. 

No; ear plugs do not help since the source of sound is damage inside the brain. 
Ear plugs just make the sound appear even LOUDER !!!

It is a comfort to remember that some days are just really LOUD, and other days are more manageable. 
— Gotta keep things in perspective 

LINKS:

Thinking Aloud >> https://truthfulkindness.com/2020/02/24/thinking-aloud-short-term-memory/

More info about Tinnitus at >> https://truthfulkindness.com/2018/12/11/tinnitus/ ;

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June Pages

.Tru here …  Extra challenges this month, so only two extra “pages” added on my website this month (in addition to my weekly Blog Entries).

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Right-click on colored text and selecting “open in new tab”,
will allow you to return to this tab easily (at top of window) when you finish.
Remember, Links are in colored text, NOT the pictures.

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Scott Drevs writes about communication difficulties at https://truthfulkindness.com/index-persons-with-dementia-pwd/scott-drevs/written-vs-spoken-communication/

Floor as Family Art Project at >> https://truthfulkindness.com/bnp/part-3/bnp-3d-2012-u/floor-family-art/ ;

“June Blsm” picture by Truthful Kindness to look like embroidery. Spent 9 hours on outline then Finished with 8 additional hours on 28Jun2021.

In-Home Care

Tru here, answering a question regarding care-providers coming in the home of Person Living with Dementia.

If I was the person with caregiver coming to my house, I would like my loved ones to:

*** Make Sure the provider understands my specific type(s) of dementia, and the symptoms commonly shown by those with these types of dementia.  Alzheimers is ONE type of dementia, but there are others, and each type has symptoms that are common with that particular type of dementia.  Unfortunately in-depth training is not always given on symptoms and strategies, and hallucinations or symptoms related to communication can create big complications in ability to provide care.

*** Make Sure the provider has some background about me personally; do i gain energy by being around other persons, or lose energy from the interactions ?? (everyone has some of both, but most persons have a primary energy reaction one way or the other).  Do i enjoy interactions about spiritual beliefs and political standings … or abhor them ??  The more severe my symptoms, the more important personal background is in finding successful strategies for an in-home caregiver to provide care well, so loved ones might want to make sure TOOLS for learning those aspects of personal background are available.

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*** Research if there is something specific that is bothering me ??

Sound:  – is care-provider playing music, or wanting the TV on, when it is not my normal procedure ?? ((After all, it is MY home too, and noise can strongly increase our confusion)).
Light: Each person has light preferences; personally my window drapes are almost always open and i require lots of light, … but others may be uncomfortable in their own home because someone else is changing their preferred lighting by MORE light than they are comfortable with … or LESS light than they need.
Temperature:  i personally need higher temperature for comfort.  But someone else in the home may be challenging that need.
Belongings: moving things around from where i was previously able to find the items ??  ((i must have my things in sight because otherwise cannot find them)).
Invasion of personal space and ones’ personal body: these are intense issues.
Introvert Needs: For me, as a strong introvert; i get energy when i am ALONE, and time with others COSTS energy.  The more intimate the contact, then the more it drains my energy.  Please consider those needs to be alone, or i will have no energy in the tank for dealing with the frustrations of growing dys-Abilities and frustrations of communication symptoms.  This will probably be reflected in failing relationship with my loved ones.
Am I worried about other privacy issues – or cost ??

***  Do not lie to me, but it is okay to SUGGEST then DISTRACT .

I very much want to supply needs for others, so I might suggest that you tell me Emily would like to learn more about dementia, so will be spending some time here this WEEK (without mentioning any further time than that, unless it is a relief instead of stressor) to help me with meals while she learns.
Let me be a PARTNER in my care, as much as possible, and it would be great if “Emily” really IS interested in learning about dementia !  —
There are times that i have forgotten i have dementia symptoms, in which case she can be interested in learning something else that i have knowledge of.

Then immediately distract me with other in-the-moment type things, instead of letting me focus on future worry of extra people in my home.

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…  Photo is Take Care Bear.  “This bear really puts the “care” in Care Bear. While she may have a tendency to be over-protective, it’s only because she values her friends so much, and has made it her business to keep everyone healthy and in one piece.
When it comes to Take Care Bear, safety always comes first.”  https://carebears.fandom.com/wiki/Take_Care_Bear .  Graphic is revised from a KidCore sticker by Jackie at PicsArt .

Suggest checking the Symptoms and Strategies Links at >> https://truthfulkindness.com/about/d-info/links-sx-strategies/ .

Other Links:

Types of dementia >> https://truthfulkindness.com/about/d-info/ ;

As an EXAMPLE, my favorites and my memoirs give background info on ME; what tools are available to share YOUR background ??  My “Favorites” at >> https://truthfulkindness.com/about/about-me/favorites/  … and “Memoirs” at >> https://truthfulkindness.com/bnp/ .

Change in Lighting Needs at >> https://truthfulkindness.com/2020/01/13/change-lighting-needs/ .

Introvert vs Extravert and Energy at >> https://truthfulkindness.com/2016/05/31/introvert-pwd-need-social-activity/ .

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Celebrate Success vs Despair

Tru here.

It has been an extra-rough week for me, and lately it feels like almost everything i try to do almost super-naturally goes wrong.  … which means that i must avoid despair and encourage myself by celebrating when i attempt a “normal” basic task, and SUCCEED; avoiding an extra hour or two of work from messing things up.

With recent minor toe surgery and ANOTHER subsequent infection, my routines have been a bit disrupted; distraction of pain and need to avoid swinging my foot around by walking (and knocking toe into everything from table legs to walls and doors); no going outside with my chickens; Husband says i am not drinking enough liquids (which is an extreme change from my usual challenge of drinking too much and flushing nutrients out of my body), etc.

My usual strategies are not working so well right now, in so many categories.

… and i am needing to take a pain pill every day (before flushing of toe), so that intensifies my thinking problems even more extreme.

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no matter what i try to DO, whether physical or just laying on the couch — i create problems.  When i finally do something without creating extra problems (successfully washed my mug as preparation for morning) i CELEBRATE !!!  

As a strategy to avoid despair and depression, when i remember something, … i celebrate. 
i reach over with my right hand and pat my left shoulder with a PHYSICAL “atta-girl” touch, and my ears will HEAR the words “good job”.  … and my husband smiles and will often join in with “Yes, that was good remembering” … or good something-else of whatever i did right.

In the prevailing “negative” moments of dys-Abilities, Recognizing these “positive” moments of ABILITY are crucial to my well-being.

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LINKS:

Univ of Penn ((chapter exerpt) at >> https://penntoday.upenn.edu/news/breaking-cycle-despair-people-dementia

Mayo Clinic at >> https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/alzheimers-disease/in-depth/alzheimers/art-20048362

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For Best Concentration NEED Frequent Toilet Trips

Tru here.

For most people, Best concentration happens when there are no distractions.

i am trying to remember to make FREQUENT trips to the bathroom, because Pressure in bladder or bowels can distract from concentration needed in other everyday processes. 

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Until dementia symptoms i did not need to think about swallow process, or walking, reply to casual comment, etc.   … but now that is changing. 
Discovered that each of those processes requires concentration, and i need to have full concentration on my priorities, so i need to avoid trying to work on something while my brain is distracted by holding in body fluids or solids.

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Now, whether i feel the NEED or not …
i make a trip to the bathroom BEFORE eating or drinking
(so that all my concentration can be devoted to swallowing). 
i make a trip to the bathroom BEFORE taking time to sit and talk with my husband
(so that all my concentration can be devoted to communication). 
i make a trip to the bathroom BEFORE sitting down to work on a blog entry,
and before going outside to walk around while doing chores, (less likely to fall) etc. 
… This allows maximum focus for whatever task is at hand.

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i am trying to establish the frequent bathroom trips as a ROUTINE now, while i still have this ability to establish routine on my own.  i probably make a bathroom trip most every hour.  This avoids the pressing need of a bathroom trip as distraction.

When i forget, My care-Partner might remind me to wash my hands before we sit down to eat, and while we are there i should stop at the toilet before washing my hands. 

i recognize that change is inevitable.  In later stages, of course, my care-Partner will be joining me on the trip to wash my hands and stop at the toilet.

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Side-notes:

i have also noticed the benefit of side “grab bars” on each side of our ADA toilet; 
Along with facilitating body movement to sit or stand, these bars can be useful to help empty bladder and bowels. 
We THINK we are done on the toilet, but if i grab the bars and bear down with pressure pushing or pulling … i discover that i was not done after all.  This may feel like “too much information” but has been very helpful for me. 
Running water in the sink can sometimes be helpful for emptying bladder.

Maybe if i go to the bathroom and empty my distractions then i will think of a clever close for this article, LOL .  

LINKS:

https://www.plumbingsupply.com/creating-a-dementia-friendly-bathroom.html

from a doctor >> https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/managing-your-memory/202101/how-manage-incontinence-in-dementia ;

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