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Intersections in Basic and Applied Memory Research by Frederick G. Conrad, David G. Payne

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Designing Ecologically Valid Memory Interventions for Persons with Dementia

Cameron J. Camp

Jean W. Foss

University of New Orleans

At an Alzheimer’s disease (AD) support group meeting, an elderly caregiver presented a question about his wife. He said that an hour or so after he had fixed supper and they had eaten, she would begin to ask him, “When are you going to give me supper?” The caregiver would explain that they had already eaten, but she would not believe him and would become angry. He was afraid of feeding her again, and even if he did she would ask the same question an hour after he fixed a second meal. He wanted to know what he could do to avoid this problem.

This is a prototypical scenario for those who work with family caregivers, ...

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