- One of the cruelest parts of Alzheimer’s disease is that in the early stages the sufferer is aware of the memory loss that is occurring. He or she may look and act normal but inside they are struggling mightily to keep up with conversations.
- Don’t interrupt when the senior speaks, even if he or she is repeating sentences. Let the conversation finish.
- Do not remind them, or tell them they have forgotten things, or that the topic was just discussed. This will hurt and insult them.
- If the senior forgets who you are, or your name, kindly and gently introduce yourself by relationship, “Hi, I am your son’s daughter”. Don’t be insulted - it isn’t personal.
- If the senior mistakes a family member for someone else, decide what is important, clarifying who the family member is, or engaging with the senior to talk and enjoy the moment. (It is usually the latter!)
- Alzheimer’s Disease can create unpredictable behavior. They may lash out unexpectedly or get upset for no apparent reason. Tell the family you are prepared to deal with this and should it occur, you will quietly and respectfully redirect the person to something positive and guide them to a quieter place.
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