As dementia progresses, one's ability to communicate begins to decline. It is up to you, as a caregiver, to learn how to communicate effectively throughout these different stages. Doing so is important for mental well-being and fortitude.
(According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 47 million people are living with dementia, and that number is expected to triple by 2050.)
Early on and into the middle stages of dementia, sufferers still have some degree of awareness and are therefore wise to the fact their mental ability is deteriorating. Understandably, this can be a very scary and difficult realization, making it all the more important for you, the caregiver, to be patient and understanding during moments when your loved one is struggling to communicate.
Tips for Communicating Effectively:
Providing in-home care for Alzheimer's and dementia is a challenge and can quickly become overwhelming, but effective communication techniques can go a long way. For additional tips on caring for loved ones with Alzheimer's and dementia, see this primer.
Idaho's leading house call provider since 2013, Keystone Health provides in-home health care and geriatric medicine for home-bound adults with chronic medical conditions: