When visiting those living with Alzheimer's this Holiday Season, these suggestions may make your time together more enjoyable.
Start by looking friendly and offering your hand in a handshake.
Introduce yourself by NAME, not relationship. Then PAUSE. If the person still doesn't seem to know you, give them a little more background.
Use shorter phrases and PAUSE between thoughts or ideas, giving the person a chance to process & respond.
Talk about old times more than recent ones and keep memories positive.
Accept general comments. Don't push for specifics.
Go with the flow of the conversation and don't correct any errors.
Be prepared to hear old stories over and over. Use old pictures or props to bring up other old memories. And laugh!