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10 Tips for Living with Someone with Dementia

Patience and encouragement are essential when caring for loved ones. Here are just a handful of do’s and don’t’s to keep in mind when caring for someone with dementia:

  1. Agree, never argue.
  2. Divert, never reason.
  3. Distract, never shame.
  4. Reassure, never lecture.
  5. Reminisce, never say, “Remember…”
  6. Repeat, never say, “I told you…”
  7. Do what they can do, never say, “You can’t…”
  8. Ask, never demand.
  9. Encourage, never condescend.
  10. Reinforce, never force.

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