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Tips on How to Talk to Someone With Alzheimer’s

September 1st, 2017 The Loved Ones Desk Uncategorized

Dealing with a loved one with Alzheimer’s or Dementia is not an easy task and each day can feel vastly different from the next. As they progress, the communication can begin to suffer and can altogether seem impossible — but it doesn’t have to be! With the right tips and a bit of patience, communicating with your loved one can go from a frustrating conversation to a positive one.

Eye Contact

If your loved one is dealing with some form of Dementia or Alzheimer’s you’ll alway want to communicate to them with full focus. One sure way to get your message across is by maintaining eye contact. Say your loved one’s name often and try and keep their attention for as long as you can.

Simple is Key

When looking for an answer, try and be as direct as possible and stick with yes and no questions. Use nouns and don’t give too many choices as having too many questions and dynamics thrown at them can be frustrating and could ultimately lead to an outburst.

Patience is a Virtue

As frustrating as it can be, don’t forget that they are frustrated too. Don’t try to rush out their answers or finish their thoughts.  Instead, try and ask questions to provoke their memory. Anything you can do to help them figure out what they might have been aiming to say.

Mix it up

Some days will be easier than others but when you hit those rough patches try and switch up your methods. If they get upset — keep a close eye on their face and body movements. Use visual cues when possible and if the become distressed change the subject. Just don’t stop trying to communicate with them — it’s good for their overall well being.

 

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