CarePartners

Helping our Loved Ones to Find Meaning by Asking the Right Questions

Helping our Loved Ones to Find Meaning by Asking the Right Questions

A Three-Part Dementia Communication Series

Part 1

CarePartners Coordinator Karen Pettit shares how to ask our loved ones, especially those with memory loss, questions to bring up memories from their past in hopes of bringing healing and creating meaningful conversation.

In Part 1, Karen takes us through how to help our loved ones to review their entire lives in a structured way based on Erik Erikson’s eight stages of human development. He theorizes that humans develop from infancy to old age in a chronological way. Questions 1-4 represent the ages of infancy to about 13 years old, so we will be asking our loved one to reflect on their early memories.

Part 2

In Part two of this dementia communication series, Karen Pettit continues taking us through Erik Erikson’s eight stages of human development. Questions 5-8 represents the age of 13 to their present age.

She references two books: The Handbook of Structured Life Review written by Barbara K. Height and Barrett S. Height, as well as Identity and the Life Cycle written by Erik Erikson.

Part 3

In the conclusion of our three-part dementia communication series Karen shares with us some spiritual questions we can ask our loved ones to create meaningful conversation and bring up memories.

She references the book Facilitating Spiritual Reminiscence for People with Dementia by Elizabeth MacKinlay and Corrine Trevitt.

Here is an additional resource document – A Life Well Lived