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Wrestling with the seatbelt | by s myrland
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Wrestling with the seatbelt

This was a problem we faced every time we got into the car. She could not remember how to use the seatbelt, and had to figure it out over and over again. I tried not to help unless she got frustrated or I was in a hurry. The Alzheimer's Association guidebooks warn against "learned helplessness." By helping your loved one too much, you can lower their self-esteem, because they think they are incapable of doing things for themselves.


So I would watch Ginny battle with the seatbelt, and wait.




This photo and text appeared in the exhibition, "Two Belts," at the David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA, January-March 2013.




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Taken on August 9, 2006