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6. Don’t talk about someone with dementia in front of them like they don’t exist.

6. Don’t talk about someone with dementia in front of them like they don’t exist.

You still won’t like someone talking about you like you don’t exist IF you are diagnosed with dementia.

5. Don’t think they can’t communicate just because they don’t speak.

5. Don’t think they can’t communicate just because they don’t speak.

You don’t have to talk to be able communicate.

4. Don’t assume they can’t understand you because they are silent.

4. Don’t assume they can’t understand you because they are silent.

When someone with dementia is silent, it does NOT mean they don’t understand you.

3. Don’t correct or challenge trivial things.

3. Don’t correct or challenge trivial things.

Correcting my mom’s memory who had dementia only made her more anxious.

2. Don’t say “Remember when … “

2. Don’t say “Remember when … “

Pointing out the inability to remember usually makes everyone uncomfortable.