Tips for communication with a person with Alzheimer’s

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Tips for communication with a person with Alzheimer’s



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To communicate effectively with a loved one who has Alzheimer's. Consider these tips...

Use visual cues - Sometimes gestures or other visual cues promote better understanding than words alone. Rather than simply asking if your loved one needs to use the toilet, for example, take him or her to the toilet and point to it.

Avoid arguments - Your loved one's reasoning and judgment will decline over time. To spare anger and agitation, don't argue with your loved one.

Speak clearly - Speak in a clear, introduce yourself, straightforward manner works well.

Respect - No baby talk and diminutive phrases, such as "good girl." Don't assume that your loved one can't understand you, and don't talk about your loved one as if he or she weren't there.

Eye contact - Maintain eye contact, (non-threatening position when talking to your love one).

No distractions - Quiet places are best.

Keep it simple - Use short sentences and plain words. As the disease progresses, yes-no questions may work best, and only one question at a time is best. Break down requests into single steps.

Don't interrupt - It may take longer than you expect for your loved one to process and respond. Avoid rushing or correcting.

Keep calm - Even when you're frustrated, keep your voice gentle. Your nonverbal cues, including the tone of your voice, can send a clearer message than what you actually say.

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