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Dementia Communication Struggles: Tips & Ideas for Caregivers

  1. Make eye contact.

  2. Acknowledge verbal and nonverbal feelings and responses.

  3. Communicate simply and directly.

  4. Limit options and questions that could increase frustration.

  5. Don’t argue.

  6. Call your loved one by name and introduce yourself by name to ease possible confusion.

  7. Use people’s names, not generic pronouns, during conversation to help those with dementia process who you are talking about.

  8. Avoid distractions such as having a television or radio on in the room.

  9. It may take your loved one a few minutes to process and answer questions. In turn, you may not understand what they are trying to tell you. This can lead to frustration for both of you. Be patient and empathetic.

  10. Don’t talk as if those with dementia are not in the room. Speak as if they understand everything you are saying.

  11. Lastly, keep trying. There will be good days and bad days but continue to be patient and empathetic.

Are you a caregiver for a loved one with dementia? Caregivers by WholeCare offers personalized care plans for families wherever they may be on their dementia journey. Give us a call at 615-298-9201 to find out how we can build opportunities for respite and peace of mind into your life.

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