Alzheimer’s disease is a devastating illness that causes changes to the personality, thought processes, and emotions. Some of the changes that an Alzheimer’s patient experiences may present challenges in communication with caregivers, family members, friends, and loved ones. Knowing what those changes might be may help caregivers improve understanding.
Caregivers may find that the Alzheimer’s patient:
These issues with communication are caused by a loss of cognition. In addition to communication problems, seniors may have difficulty remembering how to perform complex or multi-step tasks such as cooking, getting dressed, or paying bills. She may also become overly sensitive to touch or body language and may experience other symptoms such as personality changes, hallucinations and paranoia.
As he or she worsens, communication may become more difficult. Some tips for improving or maintaining communication might include:
Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease can be heartbreaking and challenging, but also rewarding. Remembering you are giving the best possible care and helping the senior to cope, even if they do not appear to appreciate your efforts.
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