What is the best way to communicate with
someone living with mild to moderate
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Time: 05:44 AM
I would suggest listening. Hard. Understanding that it is frightening to them and they need to be understood. Agree, "that must be confusing you' and remind them 'it will be okay', 'we are safe here' 'this must be hard on you' and most of all ' it will be okay'
Time: 06:28 AM
"Alzheimer's from the Inside Out" by Richard Taylor is by a man with Alzheimer's and gives great insight into what it's like. A lot of folks have found it most helpful in dealing with people with dementia.
Name: Tea McALpin
Location: Temple, GA
Time: 05:52 AM
By Skype! Many older adults love using Skype and the program is free. You can keep in touch and get face to face time as often as you like. You can also keep detailed records of progress and decline, which allows family members the ability to "step in" when the need arises.
Name: Sandy Eastman
Location: Montrose, CO
Time: 08:04 AM
Your loved one has changed and you now need to accept the fact that this is the "new norm." Depending on the degree of dementia, they may have left reality and you will only frustrate yourself and your loved one by trying to bring them back into "the real world." Instead, go where they are, enter into their world. An example of this, my Mother thought she was my daughter. It was foreign to me to switch roles this way, but when I accepted it and played the role of being her Mom, we were better able to communicate and to laugh and enjoy one another. Time is precious so make as many memories as you can before she/he slips completely away.
Time: 05:09 AM
AT EYE LEVEL, CLEARLY, IN A PLEASANT TONE, WITH A SMILE. ALWAYS WAIT UNTIL THEY ARE FINISHED WITH THEIR WORDS TO RESPOND. GIVE THEM TIME. AND THE WORDS, "IT'S OKAY", SEEM TO HAVE SOME MAGIC. ONCE
SOMEONE HEARS THAT "IT'S OKAY", MUCH OF THEIR CONCERN BECOMES OKAY.
Time: 05:01 AM
Talk at their level,slowly and clearly and keep a sense of humor.