Talking to someone who has Alzheimers

Don’t expect the person with dementia to remember. Avoid saying “Don’t you remember?” It will only make the person feel stressed and make the problem worse.

Don’t argue with a person suffering from dementia or expect rational responses. Accept the reality that the person is not capable of logical thinking. He or she is not in control, the disease is. You wouldn’t expect a person with a broken leg to have normal movement of their leg. Don’t expect the person with dementia to behave and think in a normal manner. Adjust your expectations.

Try not to talk down to persons with dementia. Remember all of their achievements when they were well and give them the respect they deserve.

Above all, try to be patient, kind and understanding. Think about how you would like to be treated if you had dementia?