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When Your Loved One Can't Find Words

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Posted July 15, 2013

 

  • Unfortunately, Alzheimer’s disease can rob people of speech. For example, a loved one with Alzheimer’s might have trouble finding words to express himself, or will find herself unable to finish sentences. This can be a frustrating experience.

  • When this happens, you might be able to “carry” the conversation simply by helping to fill in the blanks—suggest the words that your loved one may be trying to find, and then ask them if that’s what they wanted to say.

  • Because of the confusion that is part of Alzheimer’s disease, your loved one may not actually know what they want to say.

  • “Keeping it light” can also be useful. If your loved one is able to enjoy it, take a playful, light approach.

  • Finally, consider redirecting the conversation or the activity if you find your loved one getting too frustrated.

Source: HelpForAlzheimersFamilies.com

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