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An old song often sung to children. Somebody over 60 will probably recognize it but may not remember who is singing, although both voices are iconic.

A ditty about tomatoes and potatoes and pajamas and other things we all have slightly different ideas about …

People with dementia and loving, well-meaning, and hard-working care givers sometimes don’t always have the same frame of reference when planning activities or tasks or the day-to-day schedule of the Person with Dementia.

Like Ella and Louis — two American icons — simple understandings can pull the relationship back together.

Here is a little vamp on the song by the Gershwin Brothers in the form of a mind model (aka mind map) about why Persons with Dementia and Caregivers sometimes have quite different expectations about what the Person with Dementia can and cannot do.

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[Oh… yes, I have dementia. And don’t break my heart.]

Persons with Dementia and Caregivers Tomatoes and Potatoes

When you are dealing with neurodegenerative disease, having a sense of humor helps a lot.

And if you worry that someday you might be diagnosed with a form of neurological disease that leads to dementia, please relax a little and realize that a diagnosis of dementia does not mean your life is over. Many can adjust well with some work.

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Adjusting to Cognitive Decline Progress Report