Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Communication with people with Alzheimer’s: Some Suggestions

Here is an excellent article by Carol. While not all people who exhibit dementia symptoms have Alzheimer's Disease, there are commonalities in this symptom.
Communication can be difficult. Their world has changed, and the caregiver must buy into it.
Carol Bradley Bursack

By Carol Bradley BursackHealth GuideMonday, July 29, 2013

We’ve established that communicating with someone who has dementia is not easy. Still, there are steps we can take to help smooth the way.

Here are a few suggestions:

  • Say your name. 
  • Enunciate well. 
  • Speak clearly and slowly. 
  • Don’t exaggerate. 
  • Maintain eye contact
  • Use simple words and short sentences. 
  • Be patient.
  • Visual cues can help.
  • Don’t argue. 
  • Stay calm. 
  • Keep your voice kind and at a friendly pitch.
  • Keep your body language smooth and welcoming.
  • Keep your touch soft and non-threatening. 

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