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…
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.
Well-meaning family and formal caregivers sometimes start to "overdo" for persons with dementia. "I don't want her to get hurt" or "I don't want him to feel embarrassed" or "It is just so much easier if I do (fill in the blank)." What people do not realize is that once a person with dementia forgets how to do an activity or task, he or she is rarely able to relearn it. There just aren't enough nerve cells to knit together a new memory.
The 10 Commandments of Dementia Caregiving
Vascular dementia may show up suddenly, after a stroke. It may also show up slowly as a result of years of heart and blood vessel disease.