Alzheimer's and Waiting

Often times Alzheimer’s disease can rob persons of their speech all together. In others, it merely slows down the speed of which people talk.


There are several “tricks” to getting people with Alzheimer’s to speak but the easiest is to simply wait for them to process what was just said and give them time to locate words to speak. Try to maintain the same eye contact with the person that would if they were speaking at a normal pace. Alzheimer’s persons take this as a “Queue” and it will help them process. Don’t interrupt them or change the subject. Then they have to start all over again. Giving them a little extra time and a little extra love during conversation can help boost their mood because they feel like they can engage.

Written by Jane Hale, Accolade Home Care Sales Executive

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