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Should You Talk to Your Loved One About Things They Can't Remember?
May 08, 2017

Talking to your loved one about things they can't remember can be stressful for your loved one.  Home Instead offer some advice to help you below:
  • If you believe that it will upset your loved one to discuss things from their past that they can no longer remember, then don’t discuss them. Instead, ask them to tell you stories about their childhood or other memories that they can remember.
  • Talking about things that your loved one can remember might help bring more memories to the surface.
  • Depending on your loved one’s level of memory loss, talking about things they can’t remember may make them sad and depressed.

To learn more about how to care for your loved one with Alzheimer's or other dementia, read the dementia section of our Senior Citizen and Family Carer Guidebook.  You can order a free copy here or phone 1890 930 847 to request a hard copy.