Dementia is a mental condition that deteriorates parts of the brain that affect communication, personality, and behavior. If you have a loved one suffering from dementia, it is important to stay connected with this person and let them know that you are with them during this difficult time. Keeping up a relationship despite the dramatic changes that accompany the progression of dementia is vital for a healthy relationship between you and your loved one. The following are some tips for keeping up communication with a senior who has dementia:
It is most important to remember to not take your loved one’s behavior personally. They are not acting this way as a personal affront to you; it is just how the disease progresses. It can be frustrating for you to watch your loved one suffer, but remember how frustrating it must be for them to not be able to communicate as they used to do.