Communicating with Alzheimers Dementia
Tryying to communicate with a person who has Alzheimer’s Dementia can be a challenge. Both understanding and being understood may be difficult. Below are some helpful hints:
A. Choose simple words and short sentences using a gentle, calm tone of voice.
B. Avoid talking to the person with Alzheimers Dementia like a baby or talking about the person as if he or she were not there.
C. Minimize distractions and noise, such as the television or radio, to help the person focus on what you are saying.
D. Call the person by name, making sure you have his or her attention before speaking.
E. Allow enough time for a response. Be careful not to interrupt.
F. If the person with Alzheimer’s Dementia is struggling to find a word or communicate a thought, gently try to provide the word he or she is looking for.
G. Try to frame questions and instructions in a positive way.
Take your time and practice patience.