Tip of the Day

Positive attitudes and reassurances go a long way in your relationship with an Alzheimer’s patient. Give praise for even simple achievements and successes by making comments like, “That’s great,” “You’re doing really well,” or “You did such a good job with that.” Use comforting and non-controlling statements. Try to identify feelings rather than argue about facts. For example, instead of arguing with the person about going outside, you can agree by saying, “Yes, it would be fun to go outside.” Or put limits on the request by saying, “I want to go outside, too. Let’s do it after we eat. I’m hungry!”

(Source: Alzheimer’s Association)

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