Depending on what stage of dementia your loved one is in, sometimes communication can be a challenge for family members. Dementia can cause mood swings or possibly change their personality and behavior. Here are a few tips to help you connect with a person with dementia.
Realize your challenge
There will always be good days and bad days for those with dementia. Don’t let a few bad interactions discourage you from trying again.
Tolerate compassionately any delays or provocation. Dementia isn’t easy but what can make a huge difference in interactions is having patience.
Loud music, movies, or even construction outside can disturb and confuse people with dementia.
Go with the flow and do not contradict people with dementia. Telling them they’re wrong may have a negative effect.
Talk and interact in a relaxed manner. Enable the person to do things for themselves, even if it’s small. Try to keep things simple.