Friday, January 11, 2013

Interacting with someone with dementia

These have large pieces
10 Tips For Talking to Someone with Alzheimer's

This is an excellent article, from a for-profit website, but one that features good research.
They tell us to focus on the person, speak clearly, face them, avoid correcting them, and buy into their reality.

Focus on the world around them, talk to them about the present, or buy into their past. Avoid conflict, as they will be determined that they are correct.

I have a resident I visit, in LTC, who tells me regularly that the farm is doing well, and he has a few horses for sale. I focus on horses, and take in photos of them. You can read more about tips for visiting residents in long-term care here.
Superphone, with large numbers,
and a boosted audio,
just one kind of assistive device.

I have read of those facing a dementia diagnosis, whose friends basically drop them. In fact, when my late father began to have dementia symptoms, due to his brain tumour, his friends dropped him like a brick. All but one couple and his younger sister visited him from time-to-time. They couldn't deal with their own mortality, and Dad's new reality. Truthfully, we laughed and talked about the past a lot, me and my Dad.

Life is boring when you must leave your home, and you no longer can participate in your regular activities or hobbies. Activity staff do their best, with fashion shows, quilt demonstrations, fun and games, and the
Some may not be able to play familiar games
but with help, can go through the motions.

I've always loved puzzles, and it is easy to make puzzles from magazine covers, or large pictures. You can buy them in many places. They won't cure dementia, as it is not reversable. I don't think it will prevent it, either. But that is just my opinion! Activities cannot hurt!

If you play an instrument,
take one in to play!
Your adult children have full-time jobs, for the most part, and cannot be visiting daily. Caregivers, for we are that even if a parent does not live with us, burn out, too. Many of us suffer mentally and physically. Certainly financially, as we attempt to supplement good care with great supports: extra staff, home care workers, assistive devices, or things to make their lives easier. The most important gift you can give us, the caregivers, and our loved ones is to show your love by visiting them. You will get back ten-fold.

Wii can be fun!
Those with dementia cannot do
things like complex puzzles.
You can buy larger puzzles, for dementia clients.
Large pieces and adult themes.

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