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Communication Tips for Alzheimer’s Caregivers

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One of the side effects of having Alzheimer’s disease is the diminished ability to communicate with others. This includes being able to find the correct words in a conversation or being able to speak at all. Each person is affected differently by this disease, but one thing is common; their elderly care provider needs to communicate with them differently.Caregiver-in-Crawfordville-FL

It takes a lot of patience, compassion, and listening skills to be able to talk to an older adult with Alzheimer’s disease. The elder may become equally as frustrated as the caregiver, so it is critical that the elderly care provider stay calm at all times in order to prevent any behavioral issues from arising in the elder. Try out these communication tips when having a conversation with an elder who has Alzheimer’s in order to help prevent these behavioral issues from occurring.

  • Be patient. Give the senior time to try and tell you what is on their mind. It may take several tries, but being patient will ensure your loved one does not become frustrated.
  • Provide reassurance. If they are becoming agitated over not being able to communicate with you, offer them reassurance by letting them know that it is ok. Encourage them to continue trying to communicate with you.
  • Try to help. If the senior continues using the wrong word, you can try to help by calmly saying the word you think they are looking for.
  • Avoid correcting them. You may want to help by correcting what they said, but this will only lead to frustration. To prevent this from happening, try to listen to what they said, repeating it to make sure you understand.
  • Do not disagree. You may not share the same opinion or thought as your loved one, but do not argue with them over it. Doing this to someone with Alzheimer’s can increase their feelings of irritability.
  • Use visual aids. If you are still having trouble understanding what the senior is trying to say, ask them to point to the object they are referring to or to use gestures.
  • Limit distractions. If possible, eliminate as much noise from the room as possible. This includes turning off the TV, phone, and radio. Having a quiet space to communicate will help your loved one focus more intently on their thoughts.
  • Think about what is being said. After you discover what the elder was trying to tell you, think about the meaning behind it. Are there any underlying feelings they are sharing with you in the conversation? You may be able to tell by the elder’s tone and other actions.

Alzheimer’s disease can be a challenging condition to watch any loved one go through, but especially when it affects their ability to speak to you. These tips should help you and your loved one have conversations once again.

If you or an aging loved one are considering caregiver services in Crawfordville, FL, please call the caring staff at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care today at 850-386-5552. Providing Senior Care Services in North Florida.



Brian Moran, RN, Marketing Director, Partner

Marketing Director, Partner at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care
Brian Moran, RN is both a Partner and Director of Marketing for Hopewell In-Home Senior Care. Brian has worked at the Bellevue Hospital in NYC, Tallahassee Community Hospital, Select Specialty Hospital and has over 12 years’ experience as a home health care nurse at American Home Patient. Since joining Hopewell In-Home Senior Care in 2008, Brian has used his knowledge of health care and local resources to help seniors in Tallahassee, FL navigate the medical resource maze. His goal is to assist seniors and their families by increasing awareness, affordability and quality of in-home caregiver services for those who wish to age in place.

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