To help build a supporting relationship with an Alzheimer’s patient it is important to help the person remain independent. Try to avoid taking away responsibilities from the person, and making comments such as, “Here, you can’t do that. Give it to me. I’ll do it for you.” Instead of assuming that the person can’t perform certain tasks, put the emphasis on what the person can do. Additionally, keep in mind the person wants to contribute to the family’s well being. Don’t be afraid to ask for help and cooperation with requests such as, “Can you please help me put these plates on the table?” The person might take twice as long to perform a task but will feel the enjoyment of being helpful. Maintaining your sense of humor can also be helpful. Don’t be afraid to kid around and joke with the individual. A person’s sense of humor can remain intact during the various stages of AD.
(Source: Alzheimer’s Association)