Monday, April 29, 2013

How to Listen to an Alzheimer's Patient



Two of the biggest problems Alzheimer's and Dementia caregivers face is how to cope and communicate with someone living with dementia.

By Bob DeMarco
+Alzheimer's Reading Room 


Always be Kinder than you Feel
Let's face it, Alzheimer's patients often say things that seem nonsensical to us; or, say things that leave us exasperated, confused, frustrated, and sometimes angry.

The words they say often cause us to react negatively.

The issue: are you really listening to the person living with dementia? Or, are you immediately reacting, or overreacting to their words?

Once I took the giant step to the left and entered Alzheimer's World the words my mother was saying took on a new and entirely different meaning for me.

I actually started listening to her instead of over reacting.


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