Dementia-friendly actions

Connecting with a person with dementia is important

Here are some tips to help when people are connecting with a person living with dementia:

Patience is key for dementia-friendliness.

Use respectful language. People living with dementia are not “sufferers” or “patients.”

Address the person with dementia, rather than those around them, when talking about their experience living with the disease.

Connect, don’t correct. Respond to feelings being shared.

Use precise language when describing actions or tasks.

Give directions slowly and clearly.

Focus on a person’s strengths and share tasks with them, like washing dishes or helping them to order at a coffee shop or restaurant.

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