Six things to know about someone with dementia
I can still smell the flowers
I don’t garden anymore, but I can still smell the flowers. Bring me some roses. This will remind me of my past.
I can still communicate
I can’t talk the way I used to, but I can still communicate. Be patient as I try. This will help me feel connected.
I can still make decisions
I don’t have the judgment I used to, but I can still make decisions. Give me choices. This will make me feel like I’m a part of things.
I can still wash my face
I can’t take a bath by myself anymore, but I can still wash my face. Assist me with direction. This will help me feel purpose.
I can still sing
I can’t dance anymore, but I can still sing. Help me enjoy music. This will enrich my life.
I can still move my body
I can’t walk unassisted anymore, but I can still move my body. Walk with me and support me if I stumble. This will help me feel engaged.
You are my lifeline. I depend on you. But please do not do for me what I can do for myself. Recognise what I can do and help me to function as a person. You are key to the quality of my life.
– Unknown author