Alzheimer's Support Groups Telford PA

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

Clare Bridge of Montgomery
(215) 540-0520
1089 Horsham Rd
North Wales, PA
Services
Alz/Dementia Support

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James Jones
(215) 723-3224
648 Rittenhouse Pl
Telford, PA
Specialty
Psychiatry, Alzheimer's Specialist

Lutheran Community At Telford
(215) 723-9819
235 N Washington Ave
Telford, PA
Specialty
Skilled Nursing Facilities

Diana Koziupa
(215) 257-6551
807 Lawn Ave
Sellersville, PA
Specialty
Psychiatry, Alzheimer's Specialist

Peter Becker Community
(215) 256-9501
800 Maple Avenue
Harleysville, PA
Specialty
Skilled Nursing Facilities

Clare Bridge of Dublin
(215) 249-1700
160 Elephant Rd
Dublin, PA
Services
Alz/Dementia Support

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James Pfrommer
92 Beltz Rd
Telford, PA
Specialty
Psychiatry, Alzheimer's Specialist

Souderton Mennonite Hm
(215) 723-9881
207 W Summit Ave
Souderton, PA
Specialty
Skilled Nursing Facilities

Rockhill Mennonite Home
(215) 257-2751
3250 State Road
Sellersville, PA
Specialty
Skilled Nursing Facilities

Grandview Hosp Community Nurse
(215) 453-4550
700 Lawn Ave
Sellersville, PA
Specialty
Home Health Agencies

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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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