It is unbelievably painful to witness a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, or any other type of dementia deteriorating. As the disease becomes more advanced, we see forgetfulness slowly transform into severe decline in memory, language, problem solving, and thinking skills. Eventually our loved one loses their individuality completely.
Therefore, understanding how to connect and communicate with our loved ones is so important. Learn about the communication strategies for dementia.
Communication Strategies for Someone with Dementia
We have often heard people use the phrase, “they are an empty shell” when describing a loved one in the later stages of the dementia. Unfortunately, dementia does transform people into a shadow of their former selves.
It is important to remember that even though the shell may become more and more difficult to open. And some days it might not open at all. But never forget that there is a beautiful pearl inside.
Learning how to “open the shell” gives us the opportunity to connect with our loved one even if only for a moment. The right tools and technique are required to shuck an oyster. The same can be said about the technique involved with communicating or connecting emotionally with a loved one who has Alzheimer’s or dementia.
15 tips on how to effectively communicate with people who have moderate to severe dementia
Caring for someone with dementia can be difficult and make communication difficult. By improving your communication skills will help make caregiving less stressful for both of you and may help improve the relationship. It also helps to deal with difficult behavior that you may experience with someone with dementia.