Family members and friends of a person who has dementia can experience difficulty connecting with their loved one. This is especially true if the visitor hasn’t seen the loved one for a while and is uncomfortable with the effects of dementia.
Having heard this concern from many clients over the years, Tim Tholen, CEO and Founder of Thoughtful Health Care in Kansas City, created this video to share tips and ideas for maintaining a relationship with a loved one who has been diagnosed with dementia.
Watch the “Connecting with a Loved One Who Has Dementia” video below.
Guess what? Your attitude is the key to a great visit. Take a few breaths and refresh yourself before walking in the door. A warm greeting or touch on the shoulder can make a world of difference
Engage the Senses
Music can ease stress by taking the focus off of the struggle to remember. The sounds of the past—favorite family tunes or songs from an era gone by—can brighten the mood immediately.
Your favorite family recipes are also a great way to connect with a loved one. Making Cousin Margaret’s waffles might begin a conversation about family breakfasts at the farm house, for example.
Look to the Past
People with dementia tend to be oriented to the past. Thumbing through photos can be a way to connect and get the loved one telling stories about happy times.
Enjoy the Time You Have
Remember that nothing is permanent, even the current stage of your loved one’s dementia. Do what you can to make this day count.
Our experts at Thoughtful Health Care are here to support you in keeping your loved one safe and happy at home. Contact us for more information.
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