Alzheimer's care is difficult and dementia patients often say things that seem nonsensical to us; or, say things that leave us exasperated, confused, frustrated, and sometimes angry.
By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room
What does the above message mean to you?
It is not easy to listen and understand a person with living with Alzheimer's.
Learning how to understand, cope and communicate is important; and, takes time and practice.
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The issue: are you really listening to the person living with dementia? Or, are you immediately reacting, or overreacting to their words?
In order to begin the process of dealing with communication in a world filled with Alzheimer's you first need to make a simple important decision -- you want to decrease both your stress as caregiver, and the stress of the person living with dementia.
You start feeling good about yourself and soon the person who has Alzheimer's will start feeling pretty good also. Instead of getting that nasty vibe from you, you will be sending a very different signal -- I care, I'm here for you.
In Alzheimer's World if you use too many words all you are really saying is Blah, Blah, Blah - Blah Blah. Once you learn how to use fewer words you will that the person living with dementia begins to cooperate.
It is my belief that if Alzheimer's caregivers will open their mind, along with their heart, they can come to only one main conclusion - they are leading a meaningful and purposeful life.
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Bob DeMarco is the Founder of the Alzheimer's Reading Room (ARR). Bob is a recognized expert, writer, speaker, and influencer in the Alzheimer's and Dementia Community worldwide. The ARR Knowledge Base contains more than 5,000 articles. Bob lives in Delray Beach, FL.
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