Conversation Starters and How to Connect
Reminiscence is an important therapeutic mechanism for persons living with dementia.
- 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.
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!