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Communication Tips For Seniors Receiving Alzheimer’s Care

May 20, 2016 by Mike Painter

When a family member of loved one is currently receiving Alzheimer’s care, it can be a difficult time for any family. Particularly, it can be challenging for family members to understand how to communicate with and connect with this individual, even though they have had years of a loving relationship. Communication challenges are some of the biggest hurdles that family members of Alzheimer’s patients have to face. However, if you keep a few tips in mind, you may find yourself making breakthroughs with your beloved Alzheimer’s care patient.

Tips for caregivers:

  • Accept the situation; Alzheimer’s disease is a very serious condition and no matter how much your loved one doesn’t want to change, it is a progressive illness where you will have to accept that there will be good days and bad day and that their communication eventually will decline
  • Don’t baby your loved one
  • Try talking to your loved one straight on so they can see your facial cues, in a low-distraction environment; it can be hard for them to understand what you are saying when there are other noises around
  • Have patience
  • Speak in a calm, even tone and in a clear and natural way
  • Don’t use sarcasm
  • Talk about one subject at a time
  • Set them up for success and use your name and the names of other people whenever you are talking, try to avoid pronouns
  • Listen carefully and actively, make sure to try to make it a two-way conversation

When a senior starts to receive Alzheimer’s care for worsening dementia, it can be a stressful and overwhelming time. However, family members who are willing to put in a little extra work and take a little extra time with their loved one can often find communication strategies that really work to improve their loved one’s quality of life.

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