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Mrs. Jane Peterson sits on the edge of her bed and watches the sun rise every morning.
As she sits there she also waits for her Care Giver to arrive.
She almost never smiles, because she knows what is happening to her.
She knows that she cannot remember, just can’t remember the simplest thing that she does or said, even after having done or said it five minutes ago. She almost never smiles because she is aware that without her memory (Short Term) she is diminishing, and there is nothing she can do about it. She is however very polite and expects the same from her caregivers and the people who shares her space.
She is an avid reader, who still actively reads the newspaper and other magazine articles every day, she explains herself very well and speaks in complete sentences, but she just does not remember new information, and it frustrates her, so she seldom speaks or smiles, but she admires politeness.
She never forgets to say please or thank you or you are welcome. She also knows when to ask for help thus retaining much of her independence; however her caregiver usually remembers to pay attention standing by to attend as needed. ADLs as always are done on schedule at the same time every day, developing a pattern of routine care, which is much easier for her to appreciate.
At the end of the day after she completes her final task of getting under her covers, as she waits to reflect, not on the morning sunrise, but on the struggle of remembering the new and fascinating things that she read or talked about earlier, she never forgets to say, thank you and goodnight to her caregiver.

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