Do I keep photos on a digital picture frame if the dementia viewer does not recognize them any longer? -Sue L.

Some people really enjoy watching those frames. I’ve been told to move out of the way because I was blocking the view, and once someone said to me, “Look, you’re coming soon!” because she’d watched so often she knew what was coming next! If your loved one enjoys watching, then I would leave it alone.  Maybe you can have a regular photo album with labelled pictures of the family members nearby, so people can help identify the people in the frame. You can switch up the pictures from time to time, and see how she responds. She might recognize older pictures better, of her own parents or childhood. You can even add pictures of things she likes: favorite flowers, birds, or places. Sometimes it’s nicer to look at pictures than to try to follow the plot of a TV show.

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