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6 Tips for Conversations with Someone in the Early Stages of Alzheimer’s or Other Forms of Dementia

Conversations about what matters most to someone living with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, understanding their values and wishes, and helping them have a say in their health care are important. What do you do when they don’t want to talk about what matters to them, or have a hard time getting started? We’ve culled tips to get you started, from those with experience.



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Across May and June, as Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and graduations are top of mind for many, we are encouraging community members to tap into these days of remembrance/celebrations/achievements as a potential time to jumpstart conversations. Check out our updated communications toolkit for an overview of this current theme, with ready-made messages for newsletters, social media, email, and flyers in case you want to join in.

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Maureen Jennings gathered family together on her father’s 85th birthday to talk about the health care he wants.

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