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Communicating With Those Who Have Dementia


While there have been many dramatic advances in the world of medicine over the years, one area that is proven persistently difficult to conquer is dementia. While many of the brain’s mysteries have been effectively mapped, there is still much that even finest medical experts don’t know. This is especially unfortunate given not only what dementia does to people, but the fact that it is on the rise worldwide. As a result, there is a very good chance that you know someone who has dementia. That person may even be your spouse or a member of your family.

As dementia can have a drastic effect on the areas of the brain involved in comprehension and communication, interacting with someone who has, say, Alzheimer’s disease, can be a significant challenge. Here are two tips on how to make the process a bit less difficult:

Go easy on yourself

Working with someone who has a form of dementia is a learning process even for professionals who are trained for such a duty. If you are just an average citizen, and are only beginning to learn how things work in this area, you will inevitably make some mistakes. This can be especially troubling if the person you are communicating with is a friend or loved one. Nonetheless, try to go easy on yourself. Even professionals can find this to be quite challenging.

Change your thinking

While it is always worthwhile to learn new tips and even take a course on how to work with people who have dementia, it is important not to expect things to work in a conventional way. For example, it is fruitless to try and make an arrangement with anyone who has dementia. Try instead to be proactive and figure out an alternative that can help to rectify whatever the problem is.

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