Communicating Effectively with an Elderly Adult in the Early Stage of Alzheimer’s Disease

The symptoms that elderly adults exhibit during the early stage of Alzheimer’s disease tend to be mild and may even be barely noticeable to many of the people that interact with your aging parent. One type of symptom that you may notice as their family caregiver is changes in their communication. Changes in the way at that your parent expresses themselves and is able to interact with others are common early symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and will worsen with the progression of the disease. Dedicating yourself to communicating effectively with your senior at each stage of the disease is an important part of ensuring that you continue to give them the most compassionate, effective, and respectful care possible throughout  their later years.

Caregiver in Boynton Beach FL: Communication in the Early Stages of Alzheimer's Disease

Caregiver in Boynton Beach FL: Communication in the Early Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease

Use these tips to help you communicate effectively with an elderly adult in the early stage of Alzheimer’s disease:

  • Don’t assume just because your parent has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease that they will not be able to communicate properly or that they are not communicating effectively. Each person’s progression through the disease and the symptoms that they show are personal to them and you should continue to interact with and care for your parent as they are as an individual.
  • Avoid excluding your parent from conversations that are happening around them, particularly when you are talking about them, whether that is with their doctor, a home care provider, family, or others.
  • Speak directly to your parent and insist that any who are visiting your parent do the same. Discourage visitors from asking you how your parent is doing or what they are dealing with. They should direct these question to your parent if your parent is in the room.
  • Give your parent plenty of time to interact with you, including answering your questions or expressing themselves.
  • Avoid embarrassing your parent by correcting them about the words that they use or pointing out that they have repeated themselves.
  • Work with your parent to find communication that is most comfortable for them, including using their native language if that is more accessible for them.

 

Making the decision to be a family caregiver for your aging parent can be one of the most fulfilling and meaningful decisions that you can make in your life. It can also present you with a tremendous amount of stress and leave you feeling stretched thin and even overwhelmed. If you begin to feel this way, or you simply feel that your aging parent would benefit from more diverse care, now may be the ideal time for you to introduce home care into their routine. An in-home senior care services provider can step in to fill care gaps, handle potentially sensitive care tasks that you or your parent might be uncomfortable with you handling, and offer support and assistance that can encourage your parent to maintain more independence and activity as they age in place. These highly personalized services can help your parent to maintain a higher quality of life while also supporting your health, well-being, and quality of life as well.

If you or an aging loved one are considering caregiver services in Boynton Beach, FL, please call the caring staff at Activa Home Health Care at (561) 819-4112.  Serving Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Wellington, Jupiter, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Lauderhill, Coral Springs, Pompano Beach and surrounding communities.

 

Source

https://www.alz.org/care/dementia-communication-tips.asp

About Jon Fedele

Jon Fedele is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Activa Home Health. During the past 15 years he has owned and operated several successful healthcare companies in South Florida.

“I am passionate about our community and the people we serve”, states Mr. Fedele. “We have an obligation to take care of our seniors and allow them the dignity to age safely and independently in their own homes”.

Jon is married and has three children. He enjoys waterskiing and spending time with his family and friends.
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