Alzheimer's Disease

Dementia Communication: Middle Stage
The middle stage of dementia is typically the longest and can last for many years. As the disease progresses, the person with dementia will have greater difficulty communicating and will require more direct care.

Tips for successful communication:
  • Allow time for response so the person can think about what he or she wants to say.
  • Engage the person in one-on-one conversation in a quiet space with minimal distractions.
  • Be patient and supportive. Offering comfort and reassurance can encourage the person to explain his or her thoughts.
  • Maintain good eye contact. It shows you care about what he or she is saying.
  • Avoid criticizing or correcting. Instead, listen and try to find the meaning in what is being said. Repeat what was said to clarify the thought.
  • Avoid arguing. If the person says something you don’t agree with, let it be.
  • Don’t overwhelm the person with lengthy requests that require complex thinking. Instead break down tasks with clear, step-by-step instructions.
  • Speak slowly and clearly.    
  • Ask one question at a time. Multiple questions at one time can be overwhelming.
  • Ask questions that require a yes or no answer. For example, “Would you like some coffee?” rather than “What would you like to drink?”
  • Give visual cues. To help demonstrate the task, point or touch the item you want the individual to use. Or, begin the task for the person.
If you can no longer safely care for your loved one with dementia at home, CentraCare – St. Benedict’s Community has residential living and specialized nursing care for people with memory loss. St. Benedict’s Community offers a warm and friendly environment, attentive staff, social activities and scrumptious meals that will help to make your loved one feel right at home. For more information or a tour, call the St. Cloud campus at 320-203-2747 and the Monticello campus at 763-295-4051.
Alzheimer’s Association Virtual Support Groups for Caregivers
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, virtual support groups for families and caregivers are available through the Alzheimer’s Association.