Another Quora question and answer I thought it might be useful to share to help others.
Whatever you do, don’t tell them to calm down! Everyone hates being told what to do, including people who live with dementia day in and day out.
A good strategy is to not make them feel anxious in the first place, and then you won’t have to calm them down. To do that, try my BANGS approach:
There’s a big myth out there that dementia causes the people who live with it to be anxious when it’s actually a whole bunch of other stuff that, in most cases, lies behind the words and actions they use to communicate and that those around them find challenging.
Avoid noise (among other things):
Also, ask yourself these questions, and based on your own responses, adjust your behaviour accordingly:
And if you don’t manage to avoid a crisis, here’s what to do in case of one:
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