Kay Bransford has some excellent “do’s” and “don’ts” for visitors – especially those who can’t or don’t visit often – on how to successfully manage your visits to a friend or family member suffering from dementia and/or Alzheimer’s Disease. This list is a list of love, care, and concern.
Research has confirmed that dementia doesn’t magnify traits, but in general can create wholesale personality changes. Don’t be surprised to find the person you are visiting is different than you remember. I hope you will continue to visit, dementia is isolating to those suffering from this disease.
- Begin with introductions. With a warm smile and relaxed posture, share a personal connection. Some suggestions that are helpful: “Hi FRIEND, It’s good to see you. You were one of the first people to welcome me into this community and it’s been a while since I’ve seen you” or “Hi FRIEND. It’s a pleasure to see you today. I was thinking about all the fun we had…
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