It can be difficult to talk to someone with Alzheimer’s or other type of dementia, and many might hold back from visiting, because striking up and keeping conversation is too hard and emotionally taxing. Here are some tips that can make it easier.
Call the person by name and use short words and sentences. Speaking slowly also helps. A low pitch is calming, and keeping your voice gentle and relaxed will facilitate conversation.
Limiting distractions can make a big difference. Try to find a quiet spot that will help your loved one concentrate on your conversation and their thoughts. Background sound is distracting, and it’s a good idea to turn the TV off.
Asking questions can spark conversations and memories. Ask an open ended question and change the topic if the person with dementia gets frustrated or upset. Questions can make the person share experiences you can cherish even when he or she no longer is able to.
Good questions can be what accomplishments the person is most proud of, the happiest moment of their life, what they did for fun as a teenager, and the most valuable thing they learned from their parents.
It doesn’t matter if the details are wrong. Arguing with someone with Alzheimer’s or other form of dementia is futile and will just leave everyone exhausted and frustrated. In the end, the details aren’t all that important. Tell yourself it doesn’t matter and move on. Emotions expressed are more important than the words.
Other ways to invoke memories can be through holding and feeling familiar objects, such as a musical instrument, or through smell. Smell has the ability to take someone far back in time and can invoke memories from childhood.
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