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Communication Tips

  • There are several strategies you can use to improve communication with the person you are caring for.

    • Listen and be patient

      One of the most important things you can do to help the person you are caring for is to listen to them. Make an effort to try to understand what they are saying and don’t rush them when they are speaking.

    • Speak in your normal voice

      Speak clearly and give the person time to respond. We tend to speak slower and louder if we think we are not being understood so think about how you reply.

    • Keep instructions simple

      To avoid confusion only ask one question at a time. Identifying the names of people or things can help. The person with Alzheimer’s disease may find it useful if you use using short, simple words.

    • Use reminders and memory aids

      Writing lists, sticking labels on familiar objects and placing objects such as keys and phones in familiar places may all help.

    • Be encouraging and positive

      Try not to interrupt or correct sentences while a person living with Alzheimer’s disease is talking. It can be very discouraging.

    • Be aware of your body language

      People can pick up on your mood from your facial expressions and body language so maintain eye contact when speaking.

    • The value of touch

      Little things like holding hands can help communicate you care without words.

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