The most debilitative and indicative symptom of Alzheimer’s disease is the gradual loss of words and understanding that are crucial to even the most basic communication that most of us take for granted. Alzheimer’s patients realize there is a problem, even though they may not have the capacity to understand what is happening. This can cause instances of confusion, fright and frustration for the person with Alzheimer’s disease as well as for loved ones and caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s.
In an effort to help those dealing with seniors with Alzheimer’s, the Alzheimer’s Association suggests the following tips to achieve better communication in spite of the disease.
First, it is important to learn to recognize the changes in communication and behavior in those with Alzheimer’s. Second, caregivers and family members need to learn how to assist in communication and to identify and adapt their own communication styles to those of the individual Alzheimer’s sufferer.
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