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As dementia progresses, changes occur in a person’s ability to both express themselves in words and understand those around them.
Communication is more than talking, it involves:
As a caregiver, it’s important to be aware of what your non-verbal messages may communicate to a loved one. For example, if your tone of voice or body language projects a hurried or anxious tone, your loved one will pick up on that even more so than what your words are conveying. These changes in communication ability vary from person to person and for those who are diagnosed with different forms of dementia.
Here are some common changes a loved one may experience:
The ability to exchange our ideas, wishes, and feelings is a basic human need. With knowledge, patience, and a change in how we communicate with loved ones, we can help them continue to express themselves with dignity.
The following are ways that you can help: