Alzheimer’s often presents major obstacles in communication. This is because of the decline in cognitive function. Oftentimes, these obstacles can cause family and friends to no longer be able to connect as effectively with loved ones. This, in turn, can lead to stress and sadness. However, there are ways to keep connected with a loved one who has Alzheimer’s.
Have the mindset of connecting: Make the decision to put aside your feelings about the condition while you are with the person. Just take in the moment for what it is. Oftentimes, our body language is colored by our internal monologue. If that monologue is negative, then our body language will reflect it, and the loved one will pick up on it.
Plan visits: If you arrive with nothing to say or do, then more than likely you will mostly be sitting in silence. Oftentimes, objects related to the person’s past, interests, or hobbies, can lift his or her spirits and facilitate conversations.
Embrace silence: While sitting in silence for the whole visit isn’t ideal, some silence is not bad. When it comes to talking, less can be more for people with Alzheimer’s. Not all silences have to be filled with conversation.
Keeping that connection with loved ones alive is important during such a critical stage of life. Try these tips if you are having trouble staying connected.