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how do i care for someone with aids related dementia
Jul 22, 2006

i am a volunteer "buddy" and would like tips on how to care for/communicate with someone with aids-related dimentia

Response from Dr. Horwath

It depends on the severity of the dementia. In general, you can be helpful be assisting with those areas in which your "buddy" is impaired. In other words, help him to do those things that he is unable to do for himself, or those things that he can only do very slowly.

If his communication is impaired, then use simple words and phrases, provide orienting information (like reminding him of the date, time, place, who you are, etc.) and talk about simple everyday things, like what is happening in the world or any topic that interest him. Sometimes non-verbal communication works better. You might try looking at pictures or photo albums together, playing simple games, etc.



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