Communicating in the Alzheimer’s World
It takes a lot of energy, learning, and patience to deal with Alzheimer’s disease.
In order to begin the process of dealing with communication in a world filled with Alzheimer’s you first need to make a simple important decision — you want to decrease both your stress as caregiver, and the stress of the person suffering from Alzheimer’s. Ask yourself, what are you doing and how are you reacting when someone suffering from Alzheimer’s says something you know to be incorrect or untrue?
What are you feeling when this happens?
Welcome to Alzheimer’s World.
The goal in all communications with a person suffering from Alzheimer’s disease should be to connect with the patient in a positive, constructive, effective way.
This requires you to develop calm, effective responses that are easily accepted by the person suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
As a caregiver, when you try to correct a person with Alzheimer’s you are likely to bring out a negative emotion in them. How would you like to be told over and over — you are wrong?
How would you act?
If you are caring for someone with Alzheimer’s you will need to go into their world –Alzheimer’s World.
By Bob DeMarco
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