Do's and Dont's


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From The Best Friends” Approach to Alzheimer’s Care
by Virginia Bell, M.S.W. and David Troxel, M.P.H.

Do:

  • Listen carefully
  • Help a person fill in the blanks
  • Read facial expressions and body language and try to respond appropriately
  • Give compliments
  • Ask opinions
  • Ask open-ended questions
  • Give generous praise
  • Use common sense
  • Enjoy the person in every way possible
  • Take the blame and apologize
  • Be sincere
  • Use the person’s life story regularly
  • Use positive language
  • Rely on humor
  • Keep language simple

Don't:

  • Argue, confront, correct
  • Give orders, make demands
  • Talk down to a person
  • Talk about a person in his or her presence as if the person were not there
  • Ask questions that require remembering too many facts
  • Try to explain or prepare too far in advance
  • Take negative comments personally
  • Give too many choices
  • Take anything for granted

 

For more information about the Best Friends approach to Alzheimer's care, contact the Alliance office!