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Alzheimer’s disease is progressive, meaning that your loved one’s symptoms will worsen over time. As memory loss increases, individuals with Alzheimer’s tend to experience a deterioration of their communication skills, finding it difficult to properly express their thoughts and emotions. You might notice that your loved one has trouble finding the right words, is repeating phrases, losing a train of thought and is ultimately speaking less, relying more on gestures than words.
Caregivers commonly become frustrated when they aren’t able to understand what their loved ones need. Or, they may have trouble getting loved ones to perform certain tasks, such as getting ready for bed or sitting down for lunch. However, it’s important to remember that the individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease are most likely equally upset about their inability to effectively communicate.
Although the deterioration of communication skills is a natural consequence of memory loss, part of proper dementia care means learning how to find ways to continue to connect with loved ones. Here are five tips to help you maintain a strong connection to your loved one throughout the dementia stages:
In Peabody’s Memory Care Neighborhood, we offer specialized memory care programming that focuses on the individuals’ remaining strengths and abilities in a stimulating atmosphere. For more information about our memory care community, please contact us today or call (260) 201-2701.