1. Diminish distractions.
2. Converse one-on-one.
3. Keep things simple.
4. Avoid arguments (this should be number 1).
5. Just keep talking.
I would also like to add:
6. Walk in their shoes.
7. Step into their world and speak their “language” (even if it makes no sense………………… my mom was only able to articulate herself using the words, “despierta America” and “la fruta”).
8. Take a deep breath if you get frustrated (because you probably will).
9. Talk to other family and friends about how to best communicate with your loved one. They might keep visiting if they feel like they’re actually helping or supporting the person with dementia.
very moving blog. I am caring for my nan with dementia and have found yours very insightful. Read mine and comment if you like http://livingwithdementiablog.wordpress.com/2013/03/14/respect-your-elders/
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Very good advice
Kathy, is it okay if I give link to this post on the “Creative Conversations” post on my blog?
Kathy, is it okay if I add a link to this post on the “Creative Conversations” post on my blog?
Sure. Its probably way too late!! sorry
Yes sorry i dont chk the comments… yes of course thank you for asking.
No worries. I appreciate it and will go back in and add it in. Always nice to add links.
No worries. Always worth going back in and adding helpful links. I appreciate it.