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76 year old female with Alzheimer's disease is living with her daughter's family in their home. The mother with dementia keeps getting up from a chair in the family room wanting to leave the house. Prior to the mother's illness, she worked as a seamstress for a clothing company. She liked to spend her leisure time playing the piano and was in several card groups with friends primarily playing bridge.
95 year old considerably independent female with frequent falls at home developed sudden confusion secondary to wound infection which was treated at acute care hospital. She was discharged to an extended care facility for further rehabilitation and strengthening. Upon admission to the facility she was noted to have continuing episodes of confusion during the day as well as worsening at night. Her family was very involved in her care and visited frequently however she was initially unable to recognize her great grandchildren. She was visibly depressed and not interactive with other residents.
Granddaughter utilized items from the Alternative to Go bag during subsequent visits with hopes of facilitating interaction between her grandmother and her great grandchildren
The children continue to visit their grandmother on a regular basis and she is now more interactive with them as well as others. She recognizes and greets each of them with smiles. Grandma and the children look forward to their visits and the interactive activities they bring with them.. Her cognitive abilities have improved, allowing her to perform some of the more complex activities included in the bag. Her granddaughter feels that she has had valuable tools to positively impact her Grandmother's progress as well as provide meaningful, satisfying interactions for the children with their grandmother.