Visiting with Elders

Visiting With Elders

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Strategies to help you have a meaningful and rich visit with an elderly loved one

Baycrest has produced a free online resource to help families learn new ways of communicating and interacting with an elderly loved one who has Alzheimer’s or other dementia.

As our elders live into old age, with increased likelihood of chronic illness, institutionalization becomes a necessary choice for some for the provision of care. Families and relationships will continue, though ways of connecting with one another may change. These can be difficult and emotionally stressful times, but there are many ways to have a positive and meaningful visit.

Visiting with Elders is a catalyst for creative thinking and a resource of practical strategies for:

  • Relatives and friends of older people living in institutions
  • Health care professionals working in long-term care
  • Group leaders of caregiver support groups
  • Companions who spend time with residents