Tuesday, May 24

15 Alzheimer's Communication Tips


Neurologist Dr. Gayatri Devi joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss the challenges behind communicating with and caring for the more than five million Americans living with Alzheimer's.

Communicating with Alzheimer's

  1. Let family & friends know what the person can still do & understand
  2. Avoid criticizing or correcting
  3. Engage them in a place & space with minimal distractions
  4. Give visitors suggestions about how to start conversations
  5. Remind visitors to come when person is at his or her best
  6. Don't take it personally if you aren't recognized
  7. Allow them the comfort of their error
  8. Allow them to repeat themselves to clarify, without your jumping in
  9. Allow extra time for a response
  10. Ask one question at a time
  11. Be in their reality. For example, if they want to go to work, instead of telling them they retired 20 years ago, tell them it is a holiday today.
  12. Focus on the strengths they have that maximize independence
  13. Encourage tasks with low safety risks
  14. Ask what they need help with
  15. Ask them what specific frustrations they feel they face
And remember that it is about more than just the patient - so do not criticize the caregivers.

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