People with dementia are of a great challenge to caregivers in terms of communication and caring for their well-being.

Dementia is a progressive disease; individuals face increased difficulty in recalling things and a decreased ability to think over time. They are subject to severe mood swings as well.

As such, given that dementia leads to a significant change in one’s personality, it is essential that we educate ourselves as caregivers, as to how we can effectively communicate to such patients and hence provide the right type of care and support they need.

Tips on connecting with people with dementia :

Below are some useful advice and ways that you can connect with your patients on a more personal level and give them the essential mental and emotional support to cope with everyday life.


Bring an optimistic and a patient attitude :

Being optimistic is the first thing that you should have when dealing with anyone suffering from dementia. The positive aura and energy allows the patient to feel happy and strong.

You may do so by speaking softly to your loved one and communicate using a positive body language. Furthermore, do not get too impatient if the person with dementia starts complaining.

It is understandable that you get annoyed when the one with dementia is acting childishly and is so moody. However, this is a part of having the disease and therefore you need to stay as calm as possible and treat them kindly and gently.

 

Bring an optimistic

 

Do not try to be realistic :

Dementia patients may not be so grounded to reality like you. That is, you cannot tell him/her what is the “right” way of acting or doing a certain thing. This is because dementia patients cannot relate to such realities and as such, it only results in arguments and stress.

As such, it is recommended that you stay straightforward and speak in simple, clear and understandable sentences.

Furthermore, not being real also implies not reminding the patient of any past memory that might ignite negative feelings.

So, if they ask you about their late relatives, instead of telling them that they no longer exist, it is more appropriate to tell them something which makes them believe that the relative is still alive and well.

 

Do not try to be realistic

 

Make sure that the person with dementia has your attention :

Getting the attention of someone suffering from dementia is perhaps the hardest thing to do. Nevertheless, you may try by speaking to them in an environment which is completely free from any sort of distraction or unnecessary noise.

 

Let them have a good time 

 


Let them have a good time :

Taking care of someone with dementia can be similar to taking care of a child. As such, make sure you indulge them with a good sense of humor and remind them of the good times that they might have had in the past.

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