Sep 6, 2018 by Garrett Hafler
The most debilitative symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease are the inability to effectively communicate, the loss of words, and confusion of words and their meanings. Your loved one’s caregiver warns that this can be extremely frustrating for your senior and can cause them to become scared, anxious, or frightened as these changes take place. Our caregiver team has some communication tips from the Alzheimer’s Association that can help you and your senior better communicate throughout this time.
First and foremost, it is vital that you take some time to learn more about your loved one’s communication challenges. By doing this, you will be able to learn how to verbally and non-verbally communicate with them. It is hard for those with Alzheimer’s to adapt to communicate via your style, so caregiver teams suggest that you adapt to their communication style.
Secondly, you want to make sure that you are as patient as can be as you work to communicate with your loved one. Alzheimer’s disease is difficult for everyone involved and as your loved one’s caregiver, you should avoid being too critical. Remember, they can read your emotions and they know when you are upset. Focus on soft words and encouragement.
Experts suggest that you try to communicate with your loved one in a quiet place as loud or overcrowded places can simply lead to frustration.
If your loved one has entered the final stages of Alzheimer’s disease, you should take the time to remind them of who you are, where they are, and similar. You may need to repeat yourself several times, so be prepared for this as well.
Above all else, remain as positive as possible and know that compassion, patience, and understanding will allow you to communicate with your loved one. Comfort Keepers is here to help – call today to learn more.