Dec 5, 2013

Dotty and Harvey Sing and Discuss Breakfast Along with Bobby

I believed that communication was essential to Dotty's well being and quality of life;  and, Harvey became an integral part of our communication effort.

By Bob DeMarco
+Alzheimer's Reading Room

I am intending to write new, fresh material about the importance of verbal communication with your love one living with dementia.

I believe if you do not make a concerted effort to keep your loved one in conversation they might stop speaking, and they might deteriorate more rapidly.

Harvey the Parrot
Click on the image above to
see Petey, Harvey's son
Many of the readers here on the ARR are new. So, it is unlikely that you have seen the videos of Dotty talking and singing with Harvey (see below).

I believe that communication was essential to Dotty's quality of life and well being, and  Harvey became an integral part of our communication effort.

In my opinion Harvey was the greatest Alzheimer's Caregiver tool of them all.

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Here is some background about the video.

When we made the video below Dotty 94 years old (2011). In 2010, she scored a 14 on the MMSE. This indicated she was already in the moderate to severe stages of Alzheimer's disease.

Dotty spent about 2 hours each day conversing and singing with Harvey.

Dotty did know that Harvey was a toy. In spite of this, he became her best friend and she told him repeatedly that she loved him.

The video lasts one minute and 33 seconds.

For more Dotty videos including Dotty Draws go here.  Check out the channel labeled Dotty Live.

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+Bob DeMarco is the Founder of the Alzheimer's Reading Room (ARR). Bob is a recognized expert, writer, speaker, and influencer in the Alzheimer's and Dementia Community worldwide. The ARR Knowledge Base contains more than 4,600 articles. Bob lives in Delray Beach, FL.
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