As a caregiver, you might feel impatient when the person with Alzheimer’s struggles to find words or forgets what they want to say. Here are some ways to communicate more effectively with your loved one:
Ask questions that require a yes or no answer. For example, you could say, “Are you tired?” instead of “How do you feel?”
Limit the number of choices. Try, “Would you like a hamburger or chicken for dinner?” instead of “What would you like for dinner?”
Use different words if he or she doesn’t understand the first time. For example, if you ask the person whether he or she is hungry and you don’t get a response, you could say, “Dinner is ready now. Let’s eat.”
Try not to say, “Don’t you remember?” or “I told you.”
And remember—if you become frustrated, take time out for yourself. Go for a walk or practice deep breathing.
Share this information with other caregivers on social media:
Twitter: #Alzheimers communication tip: be direct, specific, & positive. Get examples of what to say from #NIH: http://bit.ly/2gDnMTw
Facebook: Communication can be hard for people with Alzheimer’s disease because they may have trouble remembering things. You can help make communication easier by:
– Making eye contact & calling the person by name.
– Being aware of your tone, body language, and the volume of your voice.