How to Communicate With Someone With Alzheimer’s – Part 1: Touch
Talk More With Touch and Less With Words by Elaine C. Pereira
When Traditional Words Fail, Try Connecting Through The Senses
Dementia and Alzheimer’s are devastating conditions that rob us of our loved ones. One of the most tragic outcomes is their dissolving memory of events, stories, faces and conversations that connect us as humans. It’s heartbreaking when reciprocal conversation wanes into oblivion.
I, and many researches, maintain that for the most part, our loved ones are still in there and it’s up to us to find the connection that “speaks” to them. Communication takes on many forms and in the subsequent five articles, I will expand on how to connect through the five senses: Touch, Vision, Hearing, Smell and Taste.
Elaine C. Pereira, MA OTR/L CDP, CDChttp://blogforalzheimers.com/2013/07/26/how-to-communicate-with-someone-with-alzheimers-without-using-words/