As the disease progresses, the person loses language function, and communication with them becomes complicated. Let's look at some tips to improve communication with the person with dementia:
- Speak slowly and clearly. Give time to respond, don't interrupt.
- Get in front of the person to talk to them, so that they have time to see and recognise you.
- Use simple words, short phrases, and a gentle and calm tone of voice.
- Pay attention to their concerns, even if it's hard to understand. Motivate them to express themselves.
- Reduce distractions and noises, such as television and radio.
- If they don’t understand you, repeat the information as many times as needed.
- Treat them with dignity and respect. Don't treat them in a childish or authoritarian way.
Don't talk about them like they’re not present. They may not understand what you say, but they do understand that you are talking about them.