Alzheimer’s Communication and Behavior Problems: A Resource List

(NIH) Caregivers face a variety of challenges when a loved one develops Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia, including communicating with the memory-impaired person and responding to difficult behaviors. This resource list offers a selection of articles, books, videos, and other materials that may help. Some resources on this list are free; others must be purchased. […]

Alzheimer’s Disease: Communication Techniques for Caregivers

( “It’s not what you say, but how you say it.” This expression holds doubly true when communicating with individuals with dementia. Alzheimer’s disease or related illnesses impair a person’s ability to understand words and to speak. However, they can still benefit from non-verbal communication—body language, voice tone and facial expressions. As the individual’s ability […]

Talking With Your Parents About Independent Living

(AARP) Your parents might have lived in their home for decades, so it’s understandable that they are not eager to move to a new place when they get older. Even if the house is getting difficult to maintain or doesn’t meet their needs, there are years of memories there. Change can be hard. t’s good to […]

How to Communicate Better with Someone Who Has Early-Stage Alzheimer’s

( It’s so easy to become frustrated when talking to someone with dementia or Alzheimer’s. It’s hard to know the “right” way to respond to the repetitive or odd things he sometimes says. You won’t be tongue-tied if you keep these simple communication techniques in mind. How to Start a Conversation When you want to […]

Alzheimer’s and Communication

(Alzheimer’s Association) Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias gradually diminish a person’s ability to communicate. Communication with a person with Alzheimer’s requires patience, understanding and good listening skills. The strategies below can help both you and the person with dementia understand each other better. Changes in Communication Changes in the ability to communicate are unique to […]

Conversation Starters for Talking with People with Dementia

( Let’s imagine you’re going to visit your mother who has Alzheimer’s and lives in a nursing home, or your brother who’s at home with his wife but is quite confused and forgetful. Are you wondering how to pass the time there, or what you should say? Have you been holding off on visiting because […]

Alzheimer’s and Changes in Communication Skills

(NIH) Communication is hard for people with Alzheimer’s disease because they have trouble remembering things. They may struggle to find words or forget what they want to say. You may feel impatient and wish they could just say what they want, but they can’t. The person with Alzheimer’s may have problems with: Finding the right […]

How to Have “The Talk” with Your Parents

( Wondering how to start the conversation with an aging parent about a sensitive topic? Whether you need to talk about moving, giving up driving, or bringing in help, knowing which words to use and to avoid can improve the odds of moving toward solutions. Words to Use — and Avoid — When Discussing Tough […]