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Rita Jablonski-Jaudon, PhD, CRNP, FAAN is an internationally recognized researcher and expert on non-drug ways to handle dementia-related behaviors. She is an Associate Professor at the School of Nursing at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a nurse practitioner in The Memory Disorders Clinic at the Kirklin Clinic, UABMC, Birmingham, Alabama. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Jablonski-Jaudon's Answer
Many people with AD still have very intact social skills. Your wife does not want to be rude and abandon her friend—even though you know it is her own reflection. By playing along and being a good host, you are responding to your wife’s concern about being rude or violating social etiquette.
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Here is a suggested script: Talk to the reflection and say, “My wife and I are going over there (point to the restaurant) to eat. OK, so you are going to head over to that store (point to the opposite direction) and you will meet us here when we are all done. Thanks, have fun, we will meet you later.”
Turn to your wife and say, “She said she will be fine, she wants to go do [fill in blank] by herself and will meet us back here later.”
Then you gently take your wife’s hand in yours and walk over to the restaurant. Change topics by saying something like, “I’m really hungry and thinking about having a burger. How about you?”
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You may feel very silly doing this, but you are being an understanding caregiver.This is about you and your wife navigating Dementia Land in a way that makes sense to her.
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