The director of The Cottages offers insights on how to effectively communication with a loved one living with Alzheimer’s disease.
Frisco, TX – Helping loved ones living with Alzheimer’s disease enjoy life to its fullest is a concern for millions of Americans. With an estimated 5 million people nationwide affected by this incurable memory disorder, the key to helping people thrive often lies in learning how to effectively communicate as a caregiver.
“Keeping an open line of communication, even as symptoms progress, is important for ensuring a loved one receives a high level of care and his or her needs are adequately met,” says Trent Quinn, founder, president and CEO of The Cottages. “As symptoms do progress, there are simple tips that can help keep the lines of communication open to ensure loved ones are able to articulate their thoughts, needs and desires.”
Quinn and many other providers of care for people living with Alzheimer’s disease recommend keeping these things in mind when communicating with loved ones:
• Exercise understanding – People living with Alzheimer’s disease may not always say what they mean or what others expect them to. Rather than get upset or take comments personally, it’s strongly urged that caregivers take a deep breath in these situations, regroup and move on.
• Avoid the temptation to correct – Forgetfulness is a common symptom associated with Alzheimer’s. Constantly correcting a loved one, however, can lead to agitation and may upset the daily routine. To keep things on a calm and even keel, it’s best to avoid the temptation to correct.
• Let the person live in the moment – For people living with Alzheimer’s disease, memories from 40 years ago might be more vivid and real that what is happening in the here and now. When this occurs, simply let them live in the moment and remember to avoid that urge to correct.
“Compassion and understanding go a long way toward keeping the lines of communication open with loved ones living with Alzheimer’s disease,” says Quinn. “Listen to their thoughts, requests, needs and concerns with an open mind and open heart. Doing so can help them – and you – enjoy a higher quality of life.”
For more information about The Cottages and the services it provides, visit it online at Alzcottages.com.
About The Cottages
The Cottages is dedicated to care for those with Alzheimer’s disease and other memory disorders. The Cottage concept provides a home-like environment tailored to meet individual needs based on physical, mental and emotional needs. The Cottages offers all-inclusive pricing with no level of care charges and all care and services are included. The Cottages currently has locations in Frisco, Round Rock, League City and Amarillo, Texas. The Cottages has been operating in Texas since 1997 and is family owned and operated by The Cottages Senior Living. Learn more about Alzheimer’s disease and The Cottages difference at www.alzcottages.com