What to expect when caring for someone with dementia

What works better than antianxiety medications for many people dealing with the later stages of Alzheimer’s? Chocolate.

Dispensing treats can distract and soothe someone who’s upset but unable to express what’s bothersome. And what chocolate-lover isn’t soothed by a Hershey’s kiss? It’s OK to set aside concerns about sticking to a perfect diet. No nutritional changes have been found to reverse the progressive nature of dementia. In contrast, keeping your loved one happy and calm can alter the way behaviors are expressed. So it pays to find the sweet spot.

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