How To’s of Communication with Those Suffering From Dementia

May 4, 2016

How to Speak to Me:

  • Speak slowly and clearly to me. And, unless I have some hearing loss, you really don’t need to speak loudly.
  • Please use simple and familiar words.

 How to Communicate With Me:

  • When you approach me, please relax and smile (I can tell if you are tense and your smile reassures me).
  • Please make sure you have my attention – I communicate best face-to-face with good eye contact.
  • Keep your sentences short and to the point – only one idea at a time, please.
  • Give me time to process what you just said, and also, give me time to formulate a response.
  • It may take some effort, but I still enjoy leading the conversation; please let me.
  • Don’t interrupt.
  • Ask me if I understand what you just said; it shows you care.
  • Please be willing to repeat information; I may not have gotten it the first time.

AGE of Central TX