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FSU Researchers Find Adults With Dementia Have 'Memory Stores'

By: Leonard Horton
By: Leonard Horton

New research shows those living with dementia may know and remember more than we think.

FSU researchers have found those living with dementia are able to give advice and even assume teaching roles.

A recent study suggests elders with dementia have 'memory stores' which contain information from years past.

This information may be recalled through visual cues, verbal prompting, and even music.

"If you want to ask adults with dementia for advice, it may be best not to ask something that happened that day, because they may not remember that particular thing. It should be something meaningful from the past, something they may be able to remember," Katinka Dijkstra, a professor of psychology with FSU, said.

During the study, adults with dementia were not only successful giving advice, but were able to teach cooking lessons.


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