Recently, the American Bar Association published training materials on creating Dementia-Friendly Communities and Dementia Capable Professionals. We would like to share some of the best tips we found on empowering adults with diminished capacity.
If you have questions about empowering the senior in your life who may be dealing with diminished capacity, the attorneys at Elder Law are here to help.
Empowering a Person with Diminished Capacity
- Assume that the person can, not that they cannot
- Live in the moment
- Talk with the person
- Honor long term patterns, values, and goals
- Offer choices and let the person make choices on non-critical issues
- Redirect communications
Offer a list of options
Look for meaning in the context
It will come to you in a minute
We will come back to that later
It wasn’t that important
- Understand the person’s reality
- The facts may not overcome perception
- Logic, reasoning, and facts may only frustrate
- Redirect: "not now," "we will (do/talk about) this later"
- Ask what they want, and do your best to honor their wishes
Thanks for allowing us to be a part of your journey through care giving.
Whittley Pike, Associate Attorney