If you know someone with Alzheimer’s, you quickly realize that you need to adjust the way you communicate in order to have pleasant interactions.  It can be frustrating to talk with someone with Alzheimer’s since they will often repeat themselves, get agitated easily and live in an altered reality.  But that doesn’t mean communicating with your loved ones has to be frustrating.  Here are some helpful articles for you.  Make sure to read #1!

  1. Alzheimer’s Caregiving: Changes in Communication Skills. From the National Institute on Aging (NIA), this article describes some of the typical problems that people with dementia have communicating. It also describes some ways, with examples, how these problems may be overcome.
  2. Alzheimer’s Caregiving: Changes in Communication Skills. From the National Institute on Aging.  A basic guide good for a new caregiver. Filled with good pointers such as: Ask questions that require a yes or no answer. For example, you could say, “Are you tired?” instead of “How do you feel?” 
  3. Top-10 Tips for Visiting Someone With Alzheimer’s. written by Leigh Ann Otte, OurParents.com. Ten simple things to help make visits more pleasant for both you and your loved one.
  4. Tips: communicating with someone with dementia. More tips on communicating from the Alzheimer’s Society of the United Kingdom.

  5. Dementia Communication Tips. from the Alzheimer’s Association.  8 short and easy to follow tips such as: Emotions are usually more important than their words, try to understand the feeling they are trying to communicate with you.
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