How to make communications better with an Alzheimer patient?

Updated: Oct 23, 2019

Alzheimer’s is an irreversible, progressive form of Dementia. It is that brain disorder where a patient gradually loses his memory and thinking skills. In such a state, a person faces the personality changes leading him to disconnect from the real world. With various stages (early, middle, and late) of the disease, the patient’s mind starts losing track of time, people, and the skill set until left with the mere recollection of some fragments of his life or in some cases none. It is important to learn how communicating better with Alzheimer’s Patients work.

An Alzheimer’s or Dementia patient creates his virtual reality due to which talking to them becomes challenging. You never know on which page of history the man is on today or how will he react to the changing weather. Since each patient undergoes different memory disorders, it becomes essential to deal with everyone separately and not treat them similarly.

Here are some ways that helps in Communicating better with Alzheimer’s Patients:

  1. Create pleasant surrounding for them

For such patients, it is essential to remove any distractions, as it is hard to diagnose what might trigger the disorder. Make sure to keep the TV volume low, turn off any irregular sound-exhibiting device like radio, and keep them away from speakers. It is essential to keep an Alzheimer patient in a hushed and composed surrounding to make the interaction distraction free.

  1. Retain the eye contact

While talking to such people, make sure to look them in the eye. This makes them feel wanted and connected. Do not gawk but maintain a pleasant conversation flow with eye contact. This will also help you study them and their body language, what enlightens their eyes and what brings sadness to them, and most important this will make them listen to you and understand the point of conversation.

  1. Study the body language

As cliché, as it may sound, it is of the most importance that you observe their body postures in various situations. Read their reactions and responses when they are joyful, gloomy, frustrated, angry, and irritated. For some patients, it might give an idea of what triggers them and how to keep it away.

  1. Role play in their realities

As the patient’s memory fades, it is quite possible that he might start living in a certain period of his life believing it to be the reality of today. In such a critical stage, it might upset him if you keep on denying to what he says or believes. The best way to deal in such a situation is to play along in their reality as long as it makes him happy and help him stay calm. If it is not hurting anyone, there is no excuse for its denial.

  1. Have a one-to-one talking session

When memory starts diminishing, the patient might feel edgy or adrift among the crowd. Also possible that he reacts adversely at such times, so the best way is to have a private, face-to-face conversation with them. This will help to avoid multiple obstructions, and the person will not be baffled by the surroundings.

Taking care of your loved one

An Alzheimer’s patient is not different from all of us but he might not be as efficient and as adapting to the surrounding circle. Treat every patient with forbearance, love, and care so that they may feel comfortable, self, and part of this world.

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