Developing a connection between yourself and loved one, may have its challenges as the journey of dementia unfolds. Using such tools like Memory Lane can give you an entry point to create discussion and can provide a level of calm and understanding.
It is important to remember that as humans we all crave connection and acknowledgement, this does not change after diagnosis.
Here are some tips to help with creating further connection:
Eye contact: If you only use your voice and have not made eye contact, you probably won’t get any response, and that’s normal because perception is affected by cognitive disease. This means that the persons facing Alzheimer’s might not see you even if you are there in front of them.
Smile: If you smile, once you have made eye contact, usually the person will smile back. That’s a good sign of connection. If you don’t get a response, go on to the next essential step: touch; make sure you don’t go too fast because you might startle the person you want to engage with.
Touch: Touching the outer and upper side of the arm first. That part of the body is not as sensitive as the inner part of the arm or leg and is not associated with intimacy like the hands can be. If people don’t recognize you at first, they could be disturbed by your presence, so keep a safe distance while touching their upper arm. Don’t put your face too close to theirs and wait before saying anything or just say hello, calmly.
Less questions: Silence is golden, but for some of us, it is the hardest thing to tolerate. It’s a beautiful gift you can give yourself. Out of silence often come poetry, loving words, feelings of safety and more. If you can’t tolerate silence, put on a song, not just music playing in the background. Play one song or a piece of music that you know the person likes, and that you enjoy as well.
Coping with memory loss means learning to live in the moment, and Memory Lane TV makes every moment matter. Their relaxing videos and immersive, interactive multi-sensory experiences can create a sense of calm, connection, and wellness. Backed by over 50 years of scientific research and compatible with any dementia care plan.
Memory Lane TV is a simple, safe, and inexpensive way for families and caregivers to help someone with dementia lower anxiety and boost energy levels. Express emotions. Recall distant memories and relive past joys.
Three Recommended films to use to improve communication using Memory Lane Tv. With each film, you can pause the film at any time and engage with the viewer.