Conversating with those who have dementia.

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Recent Conversation with Mom (Asking about my Mom).

The article above, written by blogger Richard Kenny, illustrates his ability to adapt to his mother’s dementia – especially when doing so involves carrying on a conversation with her.  I love how Richard has figured out how to get around the frustrations that can exist when “normal” and meaningful conversations are few and far between – and nonsensical ones become the norm.

My dad and I thirteen years ago; and seven years before Alzheimer's took him away from us.
My dad and I thirteen years ago; and seven years before Alzheimer’s took him away from us.

Going with the flow is the rule of the day, the month, and the year, if you want to avoid stressing out when trying to converse with someone who is not able to enter your reality.  The Alzheimer’s Association encourages this mantra: “If you don’t insist, they can’t resist.”  Go with it – and you just might enjoy yourself!

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