How to Ease Communication Burdens for a Loved One with Alzheimer's Disease

How to Ease Communication Burdens for a Loved One with Alzheimer's Disease

Elder Care in Draper UT

Communicating with your elderly loved one doesn't stop, even if she's been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Sharing information with each other may become a little more complicated, however, so try a mix of these tactics.

Let Her Know that You Support Her

A little bit of patience and some kind words to let your loved one know that you support her, no matter what, can go a long way. Be careful not to interrupt and encourage your loved one to take her time. If you're feeling a little bit frustrated, take some time for a deep breath or two and try again.

Don't Worry about Correcting Anything

Remember that your loved one is doing the best that she can with a difficult situation. Toward that end, don't worry about correcting her if she says something wrong or something that is a little off base. Instead, focus on the meaning she's trying to convey, even if she's not expressing it perfectly.

Use Nonverbal Communication

Nonverbal communication can sometimes be quite a bit easier for your loved one than verbal communication. If your loved one knows sign language, for example, she may have fewer problems communicating through sign.

Even if she doesn’t know sign language, though, simple pointing or using gestures can help your loved one to get a world of meaning across.

Use Feelings to Decipher Meaning

Another roadblock you might run into is that your loved one might choose odd words to attempt to communicate, but the words help to express a feeling. In those situations, you might do better to focus on the feeling that your loved one is expressing rather than the words to decipher more about what she's trying to tell you.

Make Some Guesses

When all else fails, try making some guesses based on context. Your elderly loved one may not be able to come up with the word or the phrase that she wants, but she may be able to recognize it easily when you use it yourself. 

Get help from your loved one's doctors, other family members, and elder care providers to make
communicating as easy as possible for her.

If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care in Draper, UT, contact the caring staff at Interim Healthcare. Call today 801-401-3515.

Author: Michael and Marlena Hawkins, Owners, Interim HealthCare, Salt Lake City, UT 

Interim HealthCare of Salt Lake City has been in business since February 2014, providing in-home personal care and support services that help our elderly and/or disabled neighbors live enriched, safe and independent lives. Our goal is to provide customized care and support services that make it possible for our clients to remain in the comfort of their own homes rather than relocate to an assisted living facility.  Interim HealthCare is family owned by Michael and Marlana Hawkins, and is a Veteran Owned Small Business.

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