FEATURE TOPIC: TREATING BEHAVIORAL SYMPTOMSDefining Dignity A Means to Creative InterventionsSEMAN, DOROTHY MS, RN Author Information Dorothy Seman, MS, RN, is the Coordinator of Home & Community Based Programs at Chicago's Jesse Brown Veterans Affairs Medical Center. She has more than 35 years of experience in working with people diagnosed with dementia, in a variety of settings. Address correspondence to: Dorothy Seman, MS, RN, Home & Community Based Care Programs, Department of Nursing Service, Jesse Brown Veterans Administration Medical Center, 820 S Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60612. E-mail: [email protected]. Alzheimer's Care Quarterly: April 2005 - Volume 6 - Issue 2 - p 111-128 Buy Abstract Dignity is a word often used to describe the approach to care for persons with Alzheimer's disease and related dementia. However, there does not seem to be a clear or common understanding of how this core value is translated in day-to-day care. Illuminating the nuances of what dignity means is essential if we are to embody this principle not only in our words, but more important, in our deeds. Dignity is a principle that resonates with many layers of depth and meaning. The principle of dignity is universal, but the approaches to care and interventions must be consciously selected to uniquely support the dignity of each person, on the basis of their abilities and needs. The framework and foundation for dignified approaches must be understood primarily through the experience of the diagnosed person, as they are now. ©2005Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.