Conversation Starters and How to Connect


Reminiscence is an important therapeutic mechanism for persons living with dementia.

Conversation Starters and How to Connect

Focus on:

  • Their proudest moments
  • Stories they love to share
  • Things or people they love
  • By bringing up positive topics you can support them away from current difficulties
  • Okay to bring up past favourite topics often since the overall goal is to give them a moment of joy and a pleasant interaction.

Topic Ideas:

Past accomplishments, where they grew up, parents, grandparents, siblings, children & spouse (usually great topics, but in some cases may have to avoid discussion about some family members), pets, friends, past job & first job, hobbies, common interests, favourite entertainment.

Share the favourite topics with anyone that may help with care.

Connect, don’t correct!