Using an Improv Approach in Communication
When communicating with a person who has dementia, it’s essential to meet them where they are- in their reality. Past ways of thinking about “reality orientation” or correcting, is not helpful and impacts emotional wellbeing negatively. Using an Improv approach that is modeled in this video, is a great way to say “yes, and…” instead of “no” and correcting. This approach of building upon the experience and actively engaging , makes space for everyone to feel connected.
For more information on Improvisation communication techniques, you can read about it here in Brain and Life magazine: https://www.brainandlife.org/articles/how-improvisational-techniques-help-engage-dementia-patients/