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Leona Larson (left) and her husband, Don, work with Terri Willis, personal care attendant at Ecumen Lakeshore in Duluth, to piece together a puzzle Thursday afternoon. Ecumen Lakeshore’s “Awakenings” program emphasizes less medication and more personal contact for residents with dementia. (Bob King / rking@duluthnews.com)

For dementia patients, a focus on personal peace

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The woman constantly wandered down the hallways at Ecumen Detroit Lakes senior residence.

While physically fit, she suffered from memory loss, and staff worried that she might wander off.

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