Healthy Living

How to Help Those with Alzheimer's Retain their Dignity

The takeaway

The quality of how you interact with a person suffering from ADRD can give back dignity and a sense of self. How you act and treat those people with Alzheimer's is not understood by many caregivers, but simple kindness and care will go a long way to solving problem behavior. Rather than medicating a patient who is exhibiting disrupting behavior, talk to them, interact with them, let them know they are valuable. Recognize the signs of depression and anxiety. Comfort them and assure them that they are important.