One of the bigger issues that you may find occurring after your elderly family member is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease is that it becomes more difficult to communicate with her. This happens because of changes in her brain that affect how she processes information. Some of these techniques might make communication easier.
Always Use Eye Contact
Eye contact helps to ground your aging adult in the conversation that you’re trying to have with her. Use a gentle touch to gain her attention and talk directly to her. If your elderly family member’s attention is drifting, there may be too many distractions happening to allow her to focus on what you’re trying to say to her.
Tone of Voice Can Convey So Much
Even when your senior doesn’t seem to be aware of what you’re saying, she can definitely interpret your body language and your tone of voice. Use these to help her to feel calm when she’s upset or to help her focus when she’s having a difficult time doing so. If you can stay calm, that will help her to do so as well.
Get Tips from Home Care Providers
Home care providers have so much experience in helping aging adults with all sorts of situations. If you’re having trouble learning how to deal with the changes in your senior’s communication style, it’s possible that elder care providers can give you some solid tips. Listen to what has worked for them and ask if they can model the behaviors and techniques for you so that you can see them in action.
Remove Distractions Whenever Possible
Often distractions cause the biggest problem for an elderly family member with Alzheimer’s disease. If it’s too loud where you are or there are too many people, there may be way too much that is demanding your senior’s already divided attention. Whenever you can, remove or reduce those distractions so that you can communicate with your elderly family member. You can always turn the television back up once you’re finished.
Remember that techniques that work today may not work as well tomorrow. Stay patient and do what you can to make your senior comfortable with communicating.
IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED ONE ARE CONSIDERING HOME CARE IN MATTHEWS, NC, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT GOLDEN HEART SENIOR CARE OF CHARLOTTE. (704) 246-5806.