Dementia-Centric Communication Dementia-centric communication is the ability to interact with people who have dementia in a respectful and meaningful way. I hear, over and over again, "I don't know what to say to a person with dementia." "What if I do something wrong?" Fear not, I am here to help by providing some key points…
Think of "Entering Their Reality" as a gentle and kind approach to delivering truth with dignity
There is a very good reason why people with dementia may seem more irritable or cranky: "laid off" workers!
We described palliative care as “aggressive symptom management for maximum quality of life at the present time.” The goal is to treat and remove, or reduce, symptoms that are bothering the person who is deeply forgetful. Symptoms such as pain, or problems like urinary tract infections, are handled in ways that make sense to the person living in Dementia Land.
The asking of the questions is a process; we are providing an opportunity to really find out what the other person is thinking. On one hand, we want to protect our loved ones from financial abuse or unsafe conditions. On the other hand, we want to respect their autonomy....their ability to make their own decisions.
People with dementia may no longer recognize themselves in a mirror and may think they have a new friend.
Once you realize that the person with dementia is having pain, the next step is to address the pain.