Repeated conversations, forgetting words, and worse case scenario, not speaking at all can make you as a caregiver feel frustrated and sometimes helpless in supporting your loved one with Alzheimer’s disease. A simple gathering of friends and family or dinner at your favorite restaurant can even be awkward or frustrating if your loved one can no longer communicate like they used to. The following suggestions may be useful to you as the caregiver and anyone who is interacting with your loved one. Adopting new methods of communication will help everyone communicate more effectively and minimize the anxiety and frustration of the individual living with Alzheimer’s.
If your loved one is taking longer than normal to finish a thought or constantly repeating the same thing, continue to show that you’re listening and understanding in a kind way. Try not to interrupt them and if you feel yourself getting frustrated, take some time for yourself and come back later.
Use Visual Clues
If you remember these keys about communicating with your loved one. Your communications will get easier.