Communication with others and the world around us is one of the first skills that we learn in life.
It is how we are able to express ourselves, ensure that our needs are met, and make connections and with others. Unfortunately, changes in communication are some of the earliest changes that tend to occur in elderly adults who are living with Alzheimer’s disease. As a family caregiver, it is important to understand the communication changes that your parent might experience so that you can better prepare yourself to continue to give them the care that they need while maintaining your bond and relationship throughout this progression.
Some of the ways that your parent’s communication might change during their journey with Alzheimer’s disease include:
- Having a hard time finding the right word when they are having a conversation or trying to describe something
- Repeating familiar words or phrases with greater frequency
- Narrowing of their vocabulary
- Describing an object or using a descriptor for it rather than its actual name
- Frequently losing their train of thought or being unable to follow along a conversation easily
- Not speaking as often or as much
- Reverting to speaking a language that they did as a child rather than the language that they have used most often as an adult
- Increasing the number of hand gestures that they use and often using these gestures rather than speaking
- Replacing words with nonsensical sounds
- Having greater difficulty following instructions
Making elderly care a part of your care routine with your aging parent can be an exceptional way to meet their needs and challenges, address their limitations, and help them to live the highest quality of life possible as they age in place.
An elderly home care services provider can offer your parent a highly personalized set of services designed specifically for your parent according to their needs as well as their opinions, goals, and preferences. This means that they will receive the support and assistance that is right for them while also encouraging a lifestyle that is independent, engaged, and fulfilling. These personalized services can include everything from safe and reliable transportation to allow your parent to handle more of their errands on their own and participate in activities outside of the home, help with activities of daily living, including keeping the home clean and healthy, assistance with personal care needs such as bathing, toileting, and grooming, meal preparation, and medication reminders to keep them compliant.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering in-home Elder Care in Port Huron, MI, please contact the caring staff at Crystal Cares Home Care today. Call (810) 882-9915.
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