Dotty lived with Alzheimer's but still engaged in activities like coloring.
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Our good friend Jeannemarie came into town and she bought Dotty a coloring book, crayons, and colored pencils. I really had no idea what to expect.
What happened next truly amazed me.
Jeannemarie sat down with Dotty. Jeanmarie then received a call on her cell phone and left Dotty alone for a while. When she returned Dotty was coloring away on her own.
When Jeannemarie saw this she ran down to our place and yelled, grab your camera and hurry. I did as requested and much to my surprise Dotty was coloring away as I arrived on the scene.
Once again, and as usual, all I can say is, more there. I really didn't expect to see what I saw.
Please watch the video all the way to the end for a nice surprise and laugh.
Keep in mind Dotty was well into the moderate to severe stage of Alzheimer's. In spite of this she could still use her hands. This is a good example of why it is necessary to keep people living with dementia active and doing things.
Keeping a person with dementia active helps raise their self esteem, and helps them to continue living their life.
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I had no idea that Dotty could color, sign her name, or interact in this way at that point at the time. I continue to watch this video, and always use it when I am speaking or training caregivers.
Thanks to Jeannemarie for thinking of mom, and for being the catalyst to this surprising video.
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