If your loved one has Alzheimer’s, you might want to consider seeking
Alzheimer’s care from someone who is experienced in offering this
type of support. You will receive great advice on how to talk to and support
someone at any stage of Alzheimer’s disease. Keep reading for some
tips for talking to someone with Alzheimer’s disease.
Avoid Being Argumentative or Confrontational
Alzheimer’s care for a loved one in any stage of Alzheimer’s can be frustrating,
and it’s easy to lose your patience or temper. Your time together
will be much more pleasant if you’re able to avoid being argumentative
or confrontational during your interactions. Remind yourself that your
loved one is exhibiting signs of an illness that affects memory and cognitive
ability, and no amount of arguing or reasoning on your part will change that.
Remain Patient and Don’t Take Things Personally
Instead of becoming argumentative or angry, try to accept the fact that
you can’t change your loved one’s diagnosis or symptoms. Try
to remain patient, cheerful, and reassuring. While your loved one may
say or do things that are hurtful or confusing, it helps to remember that
these aren’t personal attacks against you. They are simply a symptom
of their disease. Do your best to practice forgiveness whenever possible,
and try to remain flexible and calm during your interactions.
Communicate in Short, Concise Sentences
Your loved one may have difficulty understanding complicated instructions
or conversations. It will be much easier for you to successfully communicate
with each other if you speak in short, concise sentences. Allow your loved
one plenty of time to absorb and understand what you have said, and don’t
be pushy about getting a response. Be willing to repeat instructions as
many times as necessary.
At Avalon Memory Care, we provide professional, compassionate
Alzheimer’s care near Fort Worth. Each of our 20 convenient locations provides comprehensive memory care,
including mental health care, counseling, bedside care, continuous care,
and medication management. To learn more about our Alzheimer’s assisted
living centers, please call us today at (214) 752-7050.