What to Say to Someone with Alzheimer’s

It’s indescribably painful to witness the deterioration of a loved one who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, or any other type of dementia. As the disease progresses, we see minor forgetfulness gradually morph into severe impairment, eventually causing communication to become a problem.What to Say to Someone with Alzheimer'sUnderstanding how to connect and communicate with our loved ones who suffer from forms of cognitive impairment disorders is important as the disease progresses. Learn more about what to say to someone with Alzheimer’s.How to Communicate with Someone with Alzheimer’s. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, one in ten Americans have a family member with Alzheimer’s, and one in three know someone with the disease. Since people are living longer, more and more Americans are suffering from memory disorders — which means every family is likely to be affected at some point.Learning techniques about what to say to someone with Alzheimer’s, and how to act around someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia can help families emotionally connect with their loved ones. As with any brain disorder, there are special approaches involved with communication. Dr. Ashford, Psychiatrist and Neuroscientist from Stanford University and A Place for Mom Advisory Board member, says:“You can’t be judgmental or critical to aging loved ones who suffer from memory impairment; and asking detailed questions is probably not the best idea. When all else fails, ask open-ended questions and keep the conversation going smoothly. Help your loved one feel comfortable as the human connection is the most powerful.”As Dr. Ashford notes, there are tips to make conversing and visiting with loved ones who suffer from memory impairment a little easier for everyone.

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