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5 Easy Ways You Can Communicate with a Dementia Patient

December 27, 2016

            We hope nobody ever has to deal with the pain and struggles of caring for a loved one who has dementia. If your parent, grandparent, or any other loved one should succumb to dementia, it will be one of the most heartbreaking experiences you will ever see. They will transform into another person as the disease inhibits their brain. Someone suffering from dementia will not only forget memories, they forget who they are. This is why communication becomes more crucial than ever.

            Effective communication with someone who has dementia will make caregiving a lot easier. Here are some tips that will help you improve your communication: 

  1. Positivity is contagious – Be completely at ease with yourself. Your body language has to convey love and positive. When you speak, make sure your tone is reassuring and loving. The same positive attitude also applies to physical contact as a reassuring pat on the arm can speak volumes.
  2. Capture his or her complete and undivided attention – Someone who has dementia can get easily distracted. Sit in a quiet place and keep anything that could be played with out of arm’s reach.
  3. Distract to dissipate distress – If your loved one gets upset or agitated, distractions will come to your rescue. Change the subject in a conversation or ask them if they want to go for a walk.
  4. Walk down memory lane – Reminiscing about the good old days will never get old, especially for those with dementia. They may not remember the past 30 minutes, but they can definitely recall the past 30 years. Sweet memories about their childhood and early years will put a smile on their faces.
  5. Laughter is the best medicine – Laughter is contagious, and a funny story or joke can go a long way. Try to refrain from making jokes at your loved one’s expense, as it might not go over very well. 

These are but a few ways you can break down the barrier of communication with your loved one suffering from dementia. 

At Centers Health Care, we specialize in providing the utmost care for those who suffer from cognitive decline like dementia. Learn more about our memory care treatments at centershealthcare.com/locations

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