Alzheimer’s patients usually experience the inability to communicate effectively. Anyone dealing with those with Alzheimer’s needs to understand the impact that Alzheimer’s has on communication and deal with the issue properly.
First, remember that you must always be patient and understanding. Try to apply good listening skills and come up with strategies to help understand each other. As the disease progresses, the ability to communicate diminishes and worsens.
– Difficulty finding the right words
– Repeating familiar words
– Describing objects instead of using their name
– Losing train of thought easily
– Speaking less often
– Using gestures more than speaking
Early stage of Alzheimer’s
Those experiencing the early stage of Alzheimer’s might start repeating stories and have a difficult time finding the right words. Never assume how well a person communicates based on their stage of Alzheimer’s. It differs in everyone.
– Not exclude them from your conversations
– Take time to really listen to them
– Speak directly to them
– Don’t interrupt, be patient and give them time
– Don’t pull away
– Know it is ok to laugh!
Middle stage of Alzheimer’s
People in the middle stage of Alzheimer’s will have greater trouble communicating and start getting worse in their symptoms.
– Speak one on one and speak slowly and clearly
– Make eye contact
– Be patient and offer reassurance
– Ask one question at a time to prevent confusion and try to stick to yes or no questions
– Avoid arguing
– Use visual clues
Late stage of Alzheimer’s
During the late stage of Alzheimer’s, patients usually rely on facial expressions and vocal sounds to communicate. They will most likely need around the clock care.
– Approach & identify yourself
– Encourage nonverbal forms of communication like using their other senses
– Always still treat them with dignity and respect
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