Monday, September 12, 2011

2 Separate Realities: Talking to a Person With Dementia

According to's Gilbert Guide, it is better to redirect or validate a person with dementia than remind him/her that he/she is suffering from dementia.

Redirect away from the issue to something more pleasant. Be warm and open in order to reduce stress and tension.

Validate feelings and emotions. "Accept that your loved one's emotions have more validity than the logic that leads to them"

Those with dementia sometimes experience delusions and/or hallucinations. Their thoughts can be vivid and upsetting so ask simple questions to give them some relief.

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