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The Top Tips for Non-Verbal Communication with Alzheimer's Patients

Other tips: Don't be negative and stay calm

  • Don’t be negative. If you say, "you are driving me crazy," it will only cause problems.
  • Use their first name or say “Mom” or “Mother” “Dad” or “Father.” Let them know who they are even if they don’t remember you.
  • When conversing with someone with Alzheimer’s, eliminate distractions.
  • Try not to interrupt them. Correcting what they say will have no impact except to make them angry.
  • Avoid talking about your loved one as if they were not in the same room with you. You never know, they may understand more than you think.
  • Focus on feelings rather than words.
  • Avoid baby talk.
  • Stay calm.