Have you recently experienced strained interactions between yourself and someone living with dementia? You are not alone. The opportunity for frustration, miscommunication, and confusion magnifies when this disease is introduced to what was once a very communicative relationship. Continue reading our blog as we discuss tips and strategies to improve communication with someone suffering from dementia.
Understanding what your loved one is going through is the first step toward better communication. Oftentimes, the symptoms creep up slowly and then eventually become all-consuming. Someone suffering from this disease may first start to lose their sense of awareness without presenting any type of confusion. Their understanding of what once was familiar may start to become challenged while they still have a sense of calmness, as they don’t see their comprehension changing. Instead, they see those around them causing an unnecessary fuss. In time, confusion will begin to set in. Your loved one may misplace their items and assume they have been stolen, they may mix up days and time and even mix up their words. In later stages of dementia, familiar tasks or objects can lose their meaning which can cause sadness or anger. Unfortunately, there is not a cure for dementia, but there are ways you can support your loved one who is suffering from it.
Not only is dementia difficult for those experiencing it, but it’s also challenging for those supporting someone living with it. Here are a few tips and strategies you can implement to improve communication.
By implementing these tips and strategies, you may find communication with your loved one is more effective. Unfortunately, there is no cure for dementia, which is why it’s important to remember this disease will most likely evolve as more time goes on. The best thing you can do is spend time with them, adjust your communication styles as necessary, and most of all, love them.