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'Sometimes you have to live in their moment'

November is National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month and staff from the Lawton/Fort Sill Veterans Center offered suggestions on what family members can do to help patients delay decline related to the disease and possibly boost memory functions.

Michelle Dean is recreation director in what they refer to as "The Yellow Neighborhood" for memory care  individuals with Alzheimer's, dementia, brain injuries and trauma.

Dean said she shows older ones a picture  called a conversation card  of something that would trigger a member. "It absolutely spurs them on."

"The whole idea is engaging them in where they are at," Dean said. "If I can get them started on a conversation about an old telephone, then we can go to present day such as now we use the cell phone. You don't just do it one time. You repeat it day after day. The point is to keep them engaged and keep them as fresh as possible."

The Lawton Constitution

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