Alzheimer’s WA has five simple tips to help the wider community better connect with a person living with dementia. These suggestions can help those living with dementia feel less alone, with a greater sense of belonging, while being treated with dignity and respect by the community.
Talk to me – Please talk to me, not my carer, family member or friend. Don’t prejudge my level of understanding.
Keep questions simple – Providing information in smaller chunks will really help me.
Body language – Make eye contact and speak clearly, use short sentences, with one idea at a time. Avoid jargon, as I might not understand.
Be patient and understanding – Sometimes it takes a little longer for me to process information and find the right answer. Don’t rush me, allow me time to speak.
Distractions cause disruptions – Less noise and fewer distractions, such as bright lights, will help me to focus.
For copies of these tips on a postcard for you or to distribute in your community or workplace, please contact us on 1300 66 77 88 or email firstname.lastname@example.org