When speaking to a person with Alzheimer’s or dementia:
1. Be Positive: Maintain positive tones, attitudes and body language. The person may pick up on these more than your actual words.
2. Stay Simple: Avoid open-ended questions, or ones with too many choices/answers. Break down tasks into clear steps for your loved one.
3. Identify Yourself: Address the person by name, and state your own name and relation before you begin talking.
4. Limit Distractions: Turn off the radio or TV, and talk in a quiet space. Use non-verbal cues and touch to help keep the person focused.
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