Early dementia puts a strain on conversations

Try: Dementia affects how stimuli going in are received and since caregivers are often busy while talking things are often misheard mixed up misinterpreted not heard or not remembered by the Care recipient (cr) don’t ask the cr to do more than one thing at a time make time to for one-on-one conversation that lets the cr experience your interest concern and caring seat yourself and the cr comfortably where eye contact is possible turn off the tv or music turn off phone ringers give your undivided attention give the cr time to communicate listen touch gently and affectionately it it’s always good to ask permission before touching a cr particularly if you are not related to him or her

Materials: Quiet area comfortable chair physical touch if allowed

Categories: Cognitive Intellectual, Communication, Mobility, Needs Some Assistance, Needs Much Assistance, Immobile, No Supervision, Some Supervision, Good Verbal Comm, So-So Verbal Comm, Poor Verbal Comm, Fully Aware, Somewhat Aware, Good L T Memory, So-So L T Memory, Poor L T Memory, Good S T Memory, So-So S T Memory, Poor S T Memory

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*This information is listed as a Tip and is not explicitly medically licensed

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