Suggestions When Dealing With An Alzheimer's Person
General Over-view of problems associated with the handling of Alz. Victims
1. Keep in mind that ANYTHING can be misconstrued as threatening.
2. Never assume everyone's reactions will be the same just because they all suffer from Alzheimer's Disease.
3. Evaluate the situation constantly. Moods, reactions and responses can change in the blink of an eye.
4. Keep in mind the Alzheimer's persons mentality is greatly diminished.
5. Maintain eye contact with an Alz. person at all times when talking to them.
6. Always begin each 'discussion' with this person by using their name (if you know it).
7. Use short simple sentences to convey your questions.
8. Ask only one question at a time and allow plenty of time for them to respond.
9. Never assume the person understands the situation that is going on.
10. Keep in mind their reality is very distorted and their responses may fit their distortion of the situation.
By Marsha Penington
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