Tip of the Week 09/23/02

Visiting an Alzheimer’s patient allows the person to enjoy the company of others. As a caregiver you can assist family and friends with ideas to make visits meaningful and comfortable. Sometimes people may hesitate to visit an Alzheimer’s patient because they worry about not knowing what to do or say. By working through these concerns you can give the patient and yourself an important social outlet. Try to prepare visitors before they visit to help ease their anxiety. Let them know how the person with Alzheimer’s may have changed intellectually, physically and emotionally. Make suggestions on how to communicate more easily, such as talking one-on-one, understand that the person may repeat things or ask questions already answered.

(Source: Alzheimer's Association)

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