A Booklet of Questions
for Engaging Those with Dementia
We had a wonderful gift given to us at Arthur’s Memory Cafe. Psychologist, Jeanne Bearmon has spent a life time developing and collecting questions to engage those with dementia.
After reading the article in the Star Tribune in January about our Memory Cafe Jeanne contacted us and wanted to share her book of questions with us. Jeanne has asked that we make them available to anyone who would like them. Facilitators may have to tweak questions to meet with individual members needs but there is reservoir if topics to discuss.
Please keep in mind there are all types of questions for people with Dementia in various stages of the disease and their caregivers in the booklet. These questions are to be used as ideas and facilitators will need to evaluate the complexity of the question posed per person. For people further along in the disease, less complex questions are necessary to use. Also you want to pose all questions so there is no wrong answer. This way it is not a test of memory but rather an expression of their thoughts.
You can get the booklet of questions in a PDF format by going To Alzheimer’s Speaks website page on Memory Cafes’