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Dementia Caregiver Web Support
Session 5 Review
Congratulations! You’ve completed Session 5 of the Web Support Project, things that have to do with communication. Let’s review some important tips regarding communication!
- Just because your loved one has been diagnosed with dementia, it does not mean they no longer have a say over things. Try not to speak for him/her, especially during a conversation with the healthcare provider.
- Be patient when communicating with a person diagnosed with dementia. Remember that non-verbal communication is important too.
- Some people with dementia may need written instructions or reminders to complete everyday tasks.
- If your loved one isn’t aware that he/she has dementia, you should respect the person’s right to know. Consider whether telling him/her about the diagnosis will cause undue stress for your loved one.
- If your loved one has been diagnosed with early stage dementia, he/she may enjoy being a part of future planning.
- Consider sharing a dementia diagnosis with family and friends, rather than keeping it a secret. Increasing your circle means increasing the support for you and your loved one with dementia.
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