With a large number of people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, it’s very important to understand ways to effectively speak to those with the disease. Speaking to those with dementia effectively includes knowing how to address questions. While some choose to lie and withhold information, others believe that honesty and transparency are necessary.
The Alzheimer’s Association addresses a term called “loving deception”, allowing someone with dementia to maintain uncorrected misconceptions in order to reduce anxiety and agitation. Conversely, Martin Schreiber, author of “My Two Elaines: Learning, Coping and Surviving as an Alzheimer’s Caregiver”, teaches that there’s no benefit to correcting persons with dementia. He states, “This is all about the significance of joining the world of the individual with Alzheimer’s.”
Ways to address questions from those with dementia include:
- Answering the question, then shifting the topic to something more soothing.
- Acknowledging and being sensitive to the feelings they’re experiencing.
- Being patient if the questions are repeated.
- Providing comfort if the answers upset them.
For more communication recommendations for your family member with dementia, contact the care professionals at Comprehensive Home Care. We also offer education for families to better manage the disease. Call us at 704-333-5214 to speak with one of our Alzheimer’s care experts or contact us online.