Dotty’s Ten Tips for Communicating with a Person Living with Dementia



One of the most difficult things for my father to understand as my mother’s Alzheimer’s progressed was how to appropriately communicate with her. It was hard for Dad to recognize that Mom’s abilities to process information and to respond to her environment were changing.

The most important thing for all of us who have loved ones with dementia to remember is to think about life from my their changing perspective.

1. Speak slowly and move deliberately.

2. Moderate your tone.

3. Use fewer words.

4. Don’t ask questions–provide information.

5. Treat your loved one like an elder, not the elderly.

For more information on dementia, subscribe to the Alzheimer’s Reading Room.

For Dotty’s tips on communicating with a person living with dementia, click here.

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