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‘Just Because I Can’t Remember . . .’ Religiousness in Older People with Dementia

Some assumptions made about people diagnosed with dementia may become barriers to effective communication and well being of these people. Although memory is affected, the ability to enjoy the moment remains intact and remains a powerful force for maintaining dignity and a sense of place for those who can no longer remember recent events. For many people with dementia, recent events have disappeared from their memories as soon as they occur, but older memories remain intact. Some can remember clearly their first day at school but cannot remember what they did yesterday.