The Arkansas Psychological Association’s very own Public Education Committee Chairperson, Kristin Addison-Brown of NE Neuropsychology, PLLC, was recently asked by the folks at the APA’s Your Mind Your Body to write an article on working with dementia patients. It’s a great article. Here’s a sneak peak.
As a geriatric specialist, I am often confronted with the issue of communication in dementia, both in my own interactions with the people I see and in the form of questions (and often pleas) from their loved ones and other caregivers. Communication with someone who has dementia can require a great deal of energy, patience, and creativity. I have learned the hard way that there a few “rules” that ultimately guide and inform most of the suggestions that may be offered. If you can learn and remember these two things, many of the others will follow naturally.