Adjustments in Interaction as Dementia Proceeds
Problems in communicating with Alzheimer's suffers can include:
Describing items rather than identifying them
Speaking much less
Depending on hand motions as well as gestures more than words
Problems recalling the right words
Lost train of thought
In the later phases of the disease, individuals may depend only on nonverbal communication, utilizing vocal noises or facial expressions.
Typically, these pointers can help friends and family members connect better with aging seniors as the disease advances.
1. Don't Hesitate to LAUGH
2. Communicate Non-Verbally
A quick witted story can lighten the mood, minimize tension, and help patient and caregiver form a more trusting bond.
E-mails, phone calls, and body movement are all great ways to show somebody you care without requiring a prompt interaction response.
3. Don't Shy Away
Your relationship is necessary to your loved one that is going through a bumpy ride. Being straightforward regarding your issues and feelings will help both of you handle a difficult medical diagnosis.
4. Prevent Arguing, Criticizing, or Correcting
With time, an individual with dementia will believe their own version of reality. Pay attention and try to understand their opinions, but try to avoid arguments or addressing an error in speech