Communication Tips For Talking To Loved Ones With Dementia

When you have a loved one who is beginning to exhibit the symptoms of dementia, you may feel as if you are at a loss. Communicating with your loved one can feel very difficult. No matter where your loved one lives right now, you may discover that communication is getting more difficult. Not sure how to engage? These tips will help you speak with your loved one more effectively.

Understand Dementia

Dementia worsens with time, and this is simply a fact. Understand that things are going to change now, and you may be able to avoid future frustration. Your loved one may eventually begin to struggle to understand communication.

Speak Clearly, Avoiding Distractions

Distractions can take dementia in a different direction, making it much more difficult to communicate. Your loved one may need to focus their mental energy significantly during your conversation, so turn off the TV and music. You should also make sure that your voice is clear and calm, while not being condescending.

Use Names

It is helpful that you use names when you speak with others in front of your loved one with dementia and when you refer to others to your loved one. This will help them stay focused on who you are talking about.

Smile Warmly

When you have a pleasant, warm smile on your face, you show your loved one that you are actively listening and that you are not being antagonistic if they become frustrated with the communication.

Be Patient

Patience is important to understand when you are communicating with anybody who exhibits symptoms of dementia or Alzheimer's. When you are patient and calm, the other person will also become less frustrated. While you may become frustrated, do your best to keep it to yourself.

Consider Assisted Living

Assisted living can help your loved one if he or she is still able to get through some aspects of daily life on their own but need some supervision and support. Plus, assisted living gives your loved one the opportunity to interact with other people throughout the day. When you are unable to be with your loved one throughout the day, other people can be around to provide them with companionship.

Are you interested in choosing assisted living for your loved one? Speaking with a professional today can help you find the right home for your loved one. Social activities and events can help their communication skills. 

For more information on assisted living, contact a professional today.