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How to Comfort a Person With Alzheimer's

Your voice may be enough to do the trick

(HealthDayNews) -- When Alzheimer's disease strikes someone you know, there is very little you can do other than to make them more comfortable.

According to a report from the Department of Veteran Affairs Medical Center, West Roxbury, Mass., one thing that can lift the spirits of an Alzheimer's patient is a telephone call from a loved one.

Even if you can't call regularly, a virtual call -- a taped message played over the telephone -- can brighten the day.

And as reported in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, one of the sad facts is that one tape can be used again and again. Alzheimer's patients never recall having heard the tape, so for them it's always new.

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