9 Tips to Communicate With the Alzheimer’s Patient

9 Tips to Communicate With the Alzheimer’s Patient


9 Tips to Communicate with the Alzheimer’s Patient

Alzheimer’s can diminish a persons ability to communicate and express thoughts and emotions.  A caregiver may see differences in the person with Alzheimer’s  such as:

  • Difficulty finding the right words
  • Using familiar words rep
  • inventing new words to describe familiar things
  • Easily losing train of thought
  • Difficulty organizing words logically
  • Reverting to speaking native language
  • Using curse words
  • Speaking less often
  • Relying more frequently, on using gestures instead of speaking

9 Useful Communication Tips for Alzheimer’s

If you are caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, here are some useful tips:

  1. Be  patient and supportive
  2. Show your interest
  3. Give the person time
  4. Avoid criticizing or correcting
  5. Avoid arguing
  6. Offer a que
  7. Encourage unspoken agreement
  8. Limit distractions
  9. Focus on feelings, not the facts

Keep in mind that non-verbal communication can also be effective.  Eye contact, touch and facial expressions are very powerful.

If you would like some additional tips, all ElderCare at Home at 800-209-4342.