Alzheimer's Support Groups Naperville IL

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

Westbury Care Center
(630) 810-0500
1800 Robin Ln
Lisle, IL
Services
Nursing Home Services, Alz/Dementia Support

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Brighton Gardens of St Charles
(630) 587-6120
600 Dunham Rd
Saint Charles, IL
Services
Assisted Living Facility, Hospice Care, Alz/Dementia Support

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Brighton Gardens of Hoffman Estates
(847) 755-0735
2150 W Golf Rd
Hoffman Estates, IL
Services
Assisted Living Facility, Hospice Care, Alz/Dementia Support

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Mehrdad Abbassian
(630) 355-4600
640 S Washington St
Naperville, IL
Specialty
Psychiatry, Alzheimer's Specialist

Hung-Ming Chu
3928 Hobson Gate Ct
Naperville, IL
Specialty
Psychiatry, Alzheimer's Specialist

Brighton Gardens of Wheaton
(630) 681-1234
831 Butterfield Rd
Wheaton, IL
Services
Assisted Living Facility, Hospice Care, Alz/Dementia Support

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Brighton Gardens of Orland Park
(708) 403-2001
16051 S La Grange Rd
Orland Park, IL
Services
Assisted Living Facility, Hospice Care, Alz/Dementia Support

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Edward Home Care
(630) 527-6830
1001 S Washington 2nd Floor
Naperville, IL
Specialty
Home Health Agencies

Manorcare At Naperville
(630) 355-4111
200 West Martin Avenue
Naperville, IL
Specialty
Skilled Nursing Facilities

Achutha Shenoy
1707 Atwood Cir
Naperville, IL
Specialty
Psychiatry, Alzheimer's Specialist

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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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