Daily chats improve lives of people with dementia

If you have a loved one who has dementia, maybe spending around 10 minutes a day talking to them will improve their quality of life.

A new study has demonstrated that by communicating to patients one-to-one had helped reduce outbursts of anger and agitation. Those staff in care homes who had been trained to learn from the patient’s family about specific things about their background, would continue to converse with them regularly and on a more personal level. They reported having noticed an improvement by increasing the time spent with a patient talking about the things they had enjoyed when they were well, or by working with them on something familiar to them like gardening or music.