As Alzheimer’s disease and dementia progresses, communication can become impaired, leading to confusion, frustration and stress. Fortunately, there are ways for dementia caregivers to communicate effectively with loved ones impacted by the disease.
Learn more from theses insightful communication tips for dementia caregivers.
As dementia progresses, the person affected may begin to have trouble communicating.
While the exact progression of the disease is different for each person, it is common for them to repeat stories or not be able to find the words they need to get their point across. Other communication issues may include disorganized speech, easily losing track of thoughts and speaking in tangents, inventing new words, speaking less or speaking in a native language.
Even if the person who is affected by dementia cannot properly express themselves, they can often still experience feelings and emotions. They may have trouble understanding others, but can often still respond. This makes communicating with someone who has the disease more complicated and can make some dementia caregivers feel anxious, irritated and helpless.
When communicating with a person affected by dementia, how you say something is often more important than what you say.
They may become frustrated that they are failing to communicate something and may also be frustrated because they don’t understand what is being communicated to them.
It is crucial to show empathy, patience and understanding.
Here are some tips that you can use to show compassion in communication:
Even if a loved one has lost most of their verbal skills, remember that people with Alzheimer’s can understand kind touch, laughter and smiles.
What are some tried and true ways that you have used to communicate with a loved one who has dementia? We’d like to hear your tips in the comments below.
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