Considering Effective Communication Techniques, How Would I Respond To Her?

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Considering Effective Communication Techniques, How Would I Respond To Her?

My grandma was diagnnosed with a multi-infarct dementia and one day I went to visit her and she's on her way out, "I've overslept," she says, "I'm terribly late for work." Considering effective communication techniques, how would I respond to her? And how might my grandma's diagnosis interfere with her safety needs? Please help... thanks a lot..

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This is real for her. Does she live alone? If she does, it's likely time for some kind of change for her own safety.

For this issue I'd say, "You're not so terribly late. Let's check the clock in the kitchen and see if it's right," or something along those lines and then, on your way, distract her the best you can with some other issue. It's not always easy. They can be very obsessive. But you can try. Not arguing is important, since this is her reality.

I agree that her safety is an issue if she is alone, and some in-home care, or assisted living may be a safe alternative.

Good luck,

Carol

Answered by Carol Bradley Bursack