When a loved one is suffering from Alzheimer’s or Dementia, one of the most difficult developments to cope with is the gradual breakdown of the person’s ability to communicate. This can lead to frustration and anger on both sides, but there are ways that caregivers can actively work to minimize negativity and make things go as smoothly as possible. First of all, listening is essential. It will also be helpful to monitor your tone when speaking to the loved one. Finally, avoid arguing or correcting the loved one.
- When a loved one’s memory is deteriorating and communication is impacted, frustration and anger can develop on both sides
- Be ever mindful of your tone when speaking with your loved one in order to maintain civility
- Avoid engaging in argumentation or attempting to correct your loved one, as these practices can have negative consequences
“The ravages of Dementia and Alzheimer’s are never more apparent than when someone we love becomes difficult to talk to and understand. “