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Bathing how-to's for parents with Alzheimer's disease

Posted May 08 2010 12:00am

There are a wealth of questions on how to get aging parents to bathe – especially when the elderly has Alzheimer's or severe dementia. One consideration is how often do elderly parents need to bathe? Since the U.S. is a melting pot of people from around the world, we have different cultures with different views on what staying clean means. In my high plains area, many of the generation now in their 80s and 90s grew up with weekly baths – sometimes because they lived out on farms and water was too precious to waste. For others, that routine was just normal behavior. We bratty “kids” would mutter under our breath they would bathe when they were “ripe enough.”

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