Tuesday Tips for Caregivers – Changes in Communication
Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias can gradually diminish a person’s ability to communicate. Not only do people with Alzheimer’s have more difficulty expressing thoughts and emotions, they also have more trouble understanding others.
The ability to exchange our ideas, wishes and feelings is a basic need.
- Sending and receiving messages
- How we relate to each other
- An important part of our relationships
- A way to express who we are
- More than talking and listening
- About attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions and body language
Changes in the ability to communicate are unique to each person. A caregiver may recognize differences in the person with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia such as:
- Difficulty finding the right words
- Using familiar words repeatedly
- Inventing new words to describe familiar things
- Easily losing train of thought
- Difficulty organizing words logically
- Reverting to speaking in a native language
- Using curse words
- Speaking less often
- More often relying on gesture instead of speaking
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