Tip of the Week 01/06/03

Communication with an Alzheimer’s patient must be conducted with calmness and patience. Speak slowly and in simple sentences while keeping communication on an adult to adult level. Avoid baby talk or demeaning expressions, and give the person time to hear your words and prepare a response. Keep in mind that it may take up to a minute for the person with this disease to respond. It is also important to communicate one message at a time. Try breaking down messages into sections like: “Good morning. You need to get up now. OK, you’re up. Now let’s get dressed.”

(Source: Alzheimer's Association)

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