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I am a white board fanatic. When I cared for Mom in my home, I had a big white board in the kitchen which was updated every morning with the day and date, plus one in Mom’s sitting room for upcoming events. Encouraging independence with pills for example works well. Every morning, I passed my Mom’s blister pack to her in the kitchen and she would look at the white board to see the day and select her pills on her own. For my full-time job (since I worked from home), I had a number of chores (i.e. deposits, deliveries, mailings) and Mom would accompany me in the car as my “assistant” and keep track of the list of things to do. On trips, I carried a small white board with us for support with key messages (i.e. we are going to the store) so that Mom could refer to it anytime she wished.

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