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Music Therapy and Dementia

Research continues to show that music can play an important role in connecting with those suffering from dementia. The Baptist Home continues to use music as a form of therapy and connection with residents. To learn more check out the resources below: Music: Bridging the Memory Gap An article in The Baptist Home newsletter about

Expert Advice

Below is advice from Baptist Home residents and staff to potential residents on: “What to look for in a facility?” Staff: Observe the attitude of the staff and how they interact with residents and their families. This is especially noticeable during mealtimes. Look for a list of planned activities: Are there enough options? Are the

Respecting Presence

Naomi Feil developed effective methods for communicating with people who have “Alzheimer’s-Type Dementia.” She identified four stages. The third and fourth stages require certain approaches which can create meaningful interactions with confused persons.   Persons in the third stage engage in repetitive motion. They may pace or wander

Music: Bridging the Memory Gap

Chillicothe Campus by Becky Barton Close your eyes for just a moment and think back to the first time you heard music. How old were you? What was your favorite song? How did that song make you feel? Music has an amazing ability to transport us to a specific time and place, to evoke emotions

Q&A: IRAs and Taxes

IRAs, 401(k)s, and 403(b)s are all excellent tools for preparing for or enjoying a financially worry-free retirement.  However, there are some income tax issues with these arrangements that may affect you or your family in the future.  If you want to make the most of your retirement savings, The Baptist Home Planned Giving program can

The Baptist Home – No Place Like It

Some have said The Baptist Home is the best kept secret in Missouri.  Although it is never our intention to hide this light under a bushel basket, I think the expression is just the way people convey their appreciation for this ministry.  It is a great ministry and God gets the credit for everything this

Validation Therapy

Validation Therapy, by Naomi Feil, identifies several techniques to assist in communicating with those who have dementia. Not all techniques work, but some do. Use the preferred name. Never use pet names (honey, sweetie). Begin by calling the confused person by his or her title and last name, unless he or she

Validation: Building Trust with the Disoriented

In order to have a meaningful conversation with a confused person, it is essential to build trust into the relationship. Even though it is important not to directly correct the delusion, it is also important not to patronize, ridicule, lie or play along with a mistaken reality. On one level a confused person may realize

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