How to talk to a parent with dementia

Feb 17, 2020 | Articles

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How to talk to a parent with dementia? It is a difficult situation but family members are usually the first to notice when signs of dementia start to creep into the everyday life of a loved one. Perhaps you’ve noticed mom or dad having trouble completing familiar tasks, remembering names or carrying on a conversation. Or, maybe you’re seeing a change in mood or general confusion that just doesn’t seem normal.

If you suspect dementia, you will want to have this confirmed by a medical professional. And while it may be difficult, you’ll also want to have a conversation with your parent about their condition and the challenges that they — and you — will face down the road as the condition progresses.

If the dementia has not progressed too rapidly, there’s a chance that your parent may be aware of the situation but doesn’t want to talk about it out of fear or embarrassment. But talking to a parent with dementia should be part of your plan, and the sooner the better.

Fortunately, there are many organizations that can provide assistance and advice for individuals and families dealing with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. They can help you plan your conversation, and their overall support can be invaluable. If your parent is aware of what’s happening, part of your discussion can include the benefits provided by local memory care facilities such as Bristol Village. A tour of the facility might offer additional peace of mind.

Talking to a parent with dementia is a difficult task, but when handled with calmness and sensitivity, it’s an important step to ensuring your parent’s needs are met as the dementia progresses. For more information regarding dementia-related issues, please contact the professional at Bristol Homes today at (716) 406-9500 or

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