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After symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease become more apparent, sadly, family friends may slip away due to a misunderstanding of how to communicate with someone who has the disease. Caregivers often struggle in explaining how best to talk to or reach out to their loved one.
Alzheimer's disease and related dementias can gradually diminish a person's ability to communicate. Not only do people with dementia have more difficulty expressing thoughts and emotions, they also have more trouble understanding others. The ability to exchange our ideas, wishes and feelings is a basic need.
Communication tips to share with friends:
Offer comfort and reassurance
Give the person time
Avoid criticizing or correcting
Offer a guess
Focus on feelings, not facts
Treat the person with dignity and respect
Speak slowly and clearly
Patiently wait for a response
Repeat information or questions
Give simple explanations
Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month gives us the opportunity to engage in a global conversation about the brain, Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Everyone who has a brain is at risk of developing Alzheimer’s, the only leading cause of death that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed.
During the month of June, the Alzheimer’s Association® asks people around the world to wear purple and use their brain power to fight Alzheimer’s disease. Show your support by wearing purple! Visit alz.org for more ideas to get involved.
If you’re downtown Cleveland on June 21, check out terminal tower as it shines purple in recognition of Alzheimer’s awareness!
This year, the Cleveland Area Chapter honored five amazing people who are not letting young-onset Alzheimer’s stand in the way of their many different volunteer efforts to raise awareness and lead the fight against this disease. Patti Girard, Linda Jordan, Tom Munson, Audrey Rickey and Joan Uronis were each presented with the 2014 Arlene Ellis Volunteer Service Award at our annual dinner, Night of a Thousand Lights, in May.
A short video sums up their passion for finding a cure. Hear their stories, in their own words, in the link below.
Now you can enjoy our great classes without leaving your home or office! Join us Friday, June 27 at noon for a free health and wellness presentation online. We will present “Improving Communication” and discuss communication challenges faced by people with dementia, as well as review tips and techniques for communicating with someone who has dementia.
June 27, 2014 at noon
This Webinar is Free!
Online Registration is required Questions? Call 800.272.3900
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