Principles of the Nonpharmacological Approach

Principles of the Nonpharmacological Approach

10 Key I’m Still Here Principles

  • Engage the full person who is still here, with whatever challenges he/she faces.
  • Engage the person’s skills and abilities, providing HOPE for care partners and Persons Living With Dementia through positive experiences.
  • Employ approaches, techniques, and methods that reduce the need for and dependence on medication.
  • Maintain the individual within – and linked to – their community.
  • Take advantage of existing community resources.
  • Respect each person’s choices, wishes, and capacities.
  • Reinforce the relationship between persons with dementia and their care partners.
  • Appeal to persons with dementia living at home as well as in other settings.
  • Include and engage all care partners in programs and activities.
  • Educate community partners in new ways of serving Persons Living With Dementia.