Alzheimers tips to help communication for people with Dementia

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slider_3_smallerTips from the Alzheimers Society about what not to say to someone with Dementia
‘Remember when…?’

While it can be tempting to try and jog the memory of somebody living with dementia, this kind of question is often a reminder of memories lost. That’s not to say you should avoid talking about the past, but it’s better to lead the conversation and allow the person to join in.

Try this instead:

Instead of posing a question, try leading with ‘I remember when…’ instead. That way the person can search their memory calmly without feeling embarrassed, then join in if they like.

‘I’ve just told you that’

Having to answer the same question several times can be frustrating, but repetition will happen. There is little benefit to passing on your frustration to somebody with dementia, and saying ‘I’ve just told you that’ only reminds the person of their condition.

Try this instead:


Try to be polite and as patient as possible. It’s important for somebody with dementia to feel they’re being listened to and understood.

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