Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia will gradually affect how you communicate with people. Changes in your ability to communicate will be unique to you, so there is no way of knowing in advance what those specific changes might be. We do know, however, that when you have early dementia it generally takes longer for your brain to process what’s being said to you. Some of the other ways that communication may be affected are:
While these changes can be very frustrating at times, it’s important to remember that they’re not your fault. They are part of the illness.
If you’re having trouble with communication, here are some tips that may be helpful to you:
People with early dementia often need more time to process what’s being said to them. You should give them extra time to answer or to respond to you. It’s also important to refrain from asking too many direct questions as this can be overwhelming and will often cause their minds to simply go blank. Communication can be enhanced by speaking clearly, in shorter sentences, and by talking about one thing at a time.
To speak with someone about Early Stage Services, please call 703.766.9006.
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