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Information for Professionals: Tips for Communicating with Older Patients

Given the COVID-19 outbreak, many medical practices are communicating with patients in different ways, like telehealth. This makes good communication even more important between health care teams and older patients.  There are many ways that professionals can improve their communication skills, including: Using the patient’s preferred form of address to show respect. Establishing a rapportContinue reading “Information for Professionals: Tips for Communicating with Older Patients”

Encouraging Communication in a Person with Alzheimer’s

Communication can be hard for people with Alzheimer’s disease because they have trouble remembering things. They may struggle to find words or forget what they want to say. You can help make things easier by staying calm and patient. Steps you can take to encourage communication include: Show a warm, loving, matter-of-fact manner. Hold the person’s handContinue reading “Encouraging Communication in a Person with Alzheimer’s”

Make communication easier for a person with Alzheimer’s disease

Check out these 5 tips to make communication easier between you and a person with Alzheimer’s: Make eye contact and call the person by name Be aware of your tone, how loud your voice is, how you look at the person, and your body language Encourage two-way conversation for as long as possible Use otherContinue reading “Make communication easier for a person with Alzheimer’s disease”

Talking with Children about Alzheimer’s disease

When a family member has Alzheimer’s disease, it affects everyone in the family, including children and grandchildren. Talking with children is important. How much and what kind of information you share depends on the child’s age and relationship to the person with Alzheimer’s. Here are some tips to help kids understand what is happening: •Continue reading “Talking with Children about Alzheimer’s disease”

Communication Strategies for Caregivers

As a caregiver, you might feel impatient when the person with Alzheimer’s struggles to find words or forgets what they want to say. Here are some ways to communicate more effectively with your loved one: • Ask questions that require a yes or no answer. For example, you could say, “Are you tired?” instead ofContinue reading “Communication Strategies for Caregivers”