April 18, 2008
Health Tip: Talking to a Person With Alzheimer's Disease
Suggestions to help improve communication
(HealthDay News) -- As Alzheimer's disease progresses, communicating becomes more of a challenge.
The U.S. National Institute on Aging offers these suggestions for talking to someone with Alzheimer's:
- Speak in a calm, soothing tone of voice.
- Use simple, short words and sentences -- but avoid baby talk, or speaking like you would to a child.
- Avoid talking about the person in front of him or her.
- Turn off the TV, radio or any other possible distractions when trying to communicate.
- Get the person's full attention before speaking, and refer to the person by name.
- If the person is trying to communicate but is having trouble finding words, gently try to suggest words the person may be looking for.
- Be patient and give the person plenty of time to think and respond.