It is critical to have dementia communication strategies. Because dementia gradually diminishes a person's ability to communicate properly, it can become very difficult and complex. This requires patience, understanding and good listening skills. Below are a few suggestions in an infographic that we created on how to overcome that barrier between you and the person with dementia.
Please share this infographic if you found it resourceful and comment your thoughts or any experience you have below! In addition, make sure to check out and share our previous infographics with the latest featuring tips on Healthy Aging.
Some signs of dementia progression affecting communication – using familiar words repeatedly, inventing new words to describe familiar objects, easily losing his or her rain of thought, reverting back to a native language, having difficulty organizing words locally, and speaking less often.
Suggestions on communication:
Identify yourself and call the person by their name
Offer comfort and reassurance
Avoid criticizing, correction, or arguing
Help with unfamiliar words
Turn questions into answers
Turn negatives into positives
Give visual cues
Most importantly be patient – It is important to keep calm and talk about the communication issues you are having. By questioning or arguing, this will cause unnecessary frustration and stress and will possibly heighten the level of agitation for the person with dementia.