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Rethinking your listening and speaking strategies can help you communicate with a person who has dementia.
Communicating with someone who has Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia can be challenging.
A family member or friend with dementia may have difficulty understanding you, and you may have a hard time understanding what he or she is trying to communicate. There's potential for misunderstanding, confusion or frustration in both directions — making communication even more difficult.
You'll need patience, good listening skills and new strategies. Here's help easing your frustration and improving your communication.
A person with dementia may have difficulty remembering words or communicating clearly. You might notice patterns in conversations, including:
To improve understanding in both directions:
The challenges of communication evolve as the disease progresses. You will likely find that nonverbal communication with your family member or friend — such as touch or the comforting sound of your voice — will become not only important but also meaningful.
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