It can be difficult to know how to interact with somebody experiencing Alzheimer’s Disease. In some ways, how you interact shouldn’t change! They are still the same person you know and love and should be treated with dignity and respect. However, there are some things you should keep in mind when you do encounter somebody experiencing Alzheimer’s Disease.
These are just a few tips on how to interact with somebody who is experiencing Alzheimer’s Disease. It is important to remember that each person is different and will experience the disease differently. While you can’t control how the disease progresses in your loved one, you can control your reaction to it. Be patient and practice forgiveness often. While it may be frustrating for you to experience these changes, imagine how they might be feeling. These changes may cause them to feel confused or aggravated. They might feel scared or alone when they don’t recognize the people or environment around them. So many things are changing right in front of them, and it may be overwhelming if they feel like they can’t keep up. Walk alongside them during this process. Be supportive and make them feel safe and comfortable. Be a consistent and reliable source of peace for them.
– Amy Kay Dillon