For a person who has Alzheimer’s and the person who is giving the loved one Alzheimer’s care, communication can become difficult. This is because every person who has Alzheimer’s has different changes happen which affect his or her ability to communicate. The changes in Alzheimer’s communication differ as the disease progresses too. At first, the person may just not be able to find the correct word when speaking; or may repeat the same story over and over again.
When Alzheimer’s develops
However, once the disease further develops, more changes in Alzheimer’s communication take place. The caregiver who’s performing the Alzheimer’s care the loved needs may notice the senior loved one using familiar words repeatedly. Or the loved one may even invent brand new words to describe what were once familiar objects. Alzheimer’s sufferers may also lose their train of thought easily or have trouble organizing difficult words. The senior may even start to speak less often or begin speaking in his or her native language if foreign born.
In the later stages
The thing to keep in mind though is that a loved one with Alzheimer’s in the later stages may not always respond, there still are benefits from continuing communication. Additionally, when communicating with a person who has Alzheimer’s, it’s important to choose your words carefully when speaking. Always treat the person with respect and dignity too. Don’t talk to the person like a child or as if the person isn’t there.