Alzheimer's Support Groups Grand Rapids MI

Tips for Maximizing Positive Relationships with Persons who have Alzheimer's Disease or a Related Dementia. Read on and get more information.

Holland Home Fulton Manor
(616) 643-2600
1450 E. Fulton Street
Grand Rapids, MI
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Assisted Living Facility, Alz/Dementia Support

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Tranquility Afc
(231) 779-0300
3821 S. 39 Rd.
Cadillac, MI
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Assisted Living Facility, Alz/Dementia Support

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Whispering Woods No. 6
(616) 949-9500
3962 Whispering Way
Grand Rapids, MI
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Assisted Living Facility, Alz/Dementia Support

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Windsor Manor North
(616) 954-6628
2499 Forest Hill Avenu Se
Kentwood, MI
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Assisted Living Facility, Alz/Dementia Support

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Sunrise Asst. Living of Cascade
(616) 942-7200
3041 Charlevoix Dr., Se
Grand Rapids, MI
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Assisted Living Facility, Alz/Dementia Support

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Resolute Adult Living Facility
(616) 243-4696
1414 Eastern Avenue, Se
Grand Rapids, MI
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Assisted Living Facility, Alz/Dementia Support

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Clark Retirement Home
(616) 452-1568
1551 Franklin Street, Se
Grand Rapids, MI
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Assisted Living Facility, Alz/Dementia Support

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Northview Manor Special Care
(616) 364-9471
3736 Richton Avenue, Ne
Grand Rapids, MI
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Assisted Living Facility, Alz/Dementia Support

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Oxford Manor West
(616) 954-6579
2457 Forest Hill Ave. Se
Kentwood, MI
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Assisted Living Facility, Alz/Dementia Support

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Porter Hills Presbyterian Village
(616) 949-4971
3600 East Fulton Street
Grand Rapids, MI
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Assisted Living Facility, Alz/Dementia Support

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Tips for Maximizing Positive Relationships with Persons who have Alzheimer's Disease or a Related Dementia

Tips for Maximizing Positive Relationships with Persons who have Alzheimer’s Disease or a Related Dementia


1. Be complimentary. In the early stages, these individuals often realize that something is wrong. Compliments make them feel better.
2. Focus on the abilities that a person still has rather than on what abilities he has lost. That can be a little tricky with a group, but following tip three will help.
3. Know the people in the group. Learn about them by talking to them, talking to other staff members, and talking to family and friends about them. If he/she is a resident in a facility, examining the chart may also help.
4. Allow ample time for a response.
5. Help the memory challenged person to communicate. He may have trouble word finding. Fill in the blanks for him. At the same time, be complimentary.
6. Give out plenty of hugs. Please note that there are a few of the memory challenged that do not like to be touched.
7. Adapt and modify an activity they used to enjoy.
8. Use chaining, (Have all but one or two steps of a project completed ahead of time), then ask the memory impaired person to finish the task.
9. Go with the flow. If a group session does not go as planned, follow the lead of the participants. You should always have an alternate activity planned.
10. Make group activities multilevel. In this way, you can include everyone in the activity planned (see the idea pages for help with this).
11. Establish a daily routine, but…..
12. Be flexible.
13. Allow plenty of time to get ready.
14. Have something to do if you have extra time.
15. NEVER argue.
16. Enter their reality
Example: If the person thinks its 1980 and she is sixty years old, then, for the moment, it is 1980 and she is sixty years old. You can have some great discussions with her about this time period.
17. Use therapeutic fiblets (an untruth told to a person with dementia to make him feel better) Example: A person with dementia is asking to see his mother. In reality, his mother died twenty years ago. You do not want to tell him that because, most likely, he will think he is hearing this information for the first time. He will be devastated. Therefore, ask him about his mother. Say, It sounds to me like you are thinking about your mother. Tell me about her. Ask other questions if necessary.
18. Allow people to express their feelings. People with dementia may not remember what was said or what happened, but they often will remember how it made them feel.
19. Nip agitated behavior in the bud. Divert and redirect. Do something to stop the unwanted behavior, then, redirect him to another activity.
Example: Say, I understand you want to go home now, but first can you please help me wash this table. You are the only one who can do it right. Let's go get the supplies we need. Then talk about the supplies you need. Ask as many questions as you can to redirect his interest. There is a chance this will not work. You can try another diversion such as loo...

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