Dementia Talk

If marvel at the many crossover issues between autism and dementia care giving. Communication is, in both cases, difficult and frustrating for both parties. But there are ways to build a bridge. Good article with some ideas here.

Joyous Paradox: Elders, Care, Love

Editor’s note: What’s the most popular post on Joyous Paradox, my elder-care blog? How to Say Hello to Someone with Alzheimer’s Diseaseranks way at the top. As a professional caregiver, I’ve had the privilege of working with many folks with dementia over the years. I learn more about the nuances of human communication with every encounter. In the coming months, I’ll be sharing tips for strengthening our bonds with those affected by memory disorders. Let’s begin the conversation with a superb overview of dementia communication strategies from England’s National Health Service. — MAB

Communicating with people with dementia

Grandmother and Grandchild by Lovis Corinth, German, 1919 Grandmother and Grandchild by Lovis Corinth, German, 1919, via Wikimedia Commons.

Dementia is a progressive illness that, over time, will affect a person’s ability to remember and understand basic everyday facts, such as names, dates and places.

Dementia will gradually affect the way a person communicates. Their ability to present rational ideas and to reason…

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