Strategies for Assisting Someone with Dementia


Client with Alzheimer's with Caregiver

  • Agree and redirect: Never argue
  • Divert: Never reason
  • Distract: Never Shame
  • Reassure: Never Lecture
  • Reminisce: Don't Say Remember
  • Repeat or Reword: Never Say "I Told You"
  • Do what you can, keep instructions short and simple: Never say "you can't"
  • Ask: Never demand/command
  • Encourage: Never Condescend
  • Reinforce: Never Force
Mark Leuer
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