Be in Their World
Sometimes a person with Alzheimer’s may live in a different “reality” than yours at times. Your loved one may think a deceased relative is still alive or that they still work, drive or have young children. As long as their reality is not hurting anyone it is OK to “play along.” Doing this can make for a much calmer conversation and less anxiety for your loved one.
Understandably, like a caregiver I recently worked with, this can be hard for a caregiver who doesn’t want their loved one to be confused or lose touch with “reality.” But remember, correcting or arguing with someone with Alzheimer’s may cause increased confusion and anxiety whereas “going with the flow” of their world can be a greater experience for everyone.