Rethinking your listening and speaking strategies can help you communicate with a person who has dementia.By Mayo Clinic Staff
Communicating with someone who has Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia can be challenging.
A family member or friend with dementia may have difficulty understanding you, and you may have a hard time understanding what he or she is trying to communicate. There’s potential for misunderstanding, confusion or frustration in both directions — making communication even more difficult.
You’ll need patience, good listening skills and new strategies. Here’s help easing your frustration and improving your communication.