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When a loved one or friend suffers from dementia, a person may be uncertain about what to say or do. Often, emotions and misconceptions can get in the way. It’s natural to feel uncertain, especially when there is an emotional tie.

Marc Agronin, a geriatric psychiatrist, shares the do’s and don’ts for talking to people with dementia, including:

  • How to talk to someone with dementia – what to say and how to say it
  • What kind of activities would be good to consider
  • Ideas to plan ahead for gatherings and meals

For helpful tips and ideas, read his article here on the Wall Street Journal: Do’s and Don’ts for Talking to People with Dementia.



Estate Planning attorney, Terry Garrett, is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and is active in the Texas and Austin Bar Associations. She graduated with honors from Cornell University. She was on the Dean’s List at Wharton Business School. She earned her J.D. at Columbia Law School, receiving the Parker Award and a Mellon Fellowship.

She assists families of people with special needs, people planning for the retirement years and people administering estates.

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