Are you having trouble communicating with a loved one who has dementia?
This can be incredibly challenging and emotionally trying for all parties involved, however it essential that you keep trying to connect. Although you may not realize it, communication and interaction can greatly improve your loved one’s quality of life in ways you may never know. Although communication is difficult, there are certain things you can do to make it a bit easier. The following is a list from our memory care specialists of tips to help you communicate with your loved one:
#1. Don’t take things personally.
It is common for people who have dementia to have a difficult time understanding and communicating, which leads to frustration and aggression. As a result, you will probably hear many unfiltered thoughts that aren’t exactly politically correct or socially acceptable. In these situations, getting hurt or mad does no good, so prepare yourself to let things roll off your back.
#2. Pay close attention to their emotions.
Although the words that they say may not make sense or may not be the truth, you should try to look past the words and try to understand what they are really saying with their emotions and body language. If you are able to, mirror their body language. It will help to validate your loved one’s emotions and show empathy.
Would you like to learn about more tips for communicating with a loved one who has dementia? If so, please stay tuned for our next blog.