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December 19, 2017

What Changes in Communication Might Your Parent Experience While Living with Alzheimer’s Disease?

Communication is an essential part of experiencing and interacting with the world around you. It can come in many forms, but it is how you express your thoughts and feelings, ensure your needs are known, and maintain connections with others.

As a family caregiver for an elderly adult who is living with Alzheimer’s disease, you might have begun to notice that this disease brings along with it changes in communication that can be frustrating and challenging for both your parent and for you. Knowing what changes you might expect and how to cope with them can help you to feel more in control and better prepared to continue giving your senior the care that they need throughout their journey.

Some changes that you might notice in your parent’s communication while they are living with Alzheimer’s disease include:

  • Challenges finding the words that they want to say when they are expressing themselves or having a conversation,
  • Repeating the same word over and over, or using familiar words and phrases multiple times throughout a conversation,
  • Using descriptions for objects, situations, or people rather than calling them by their proper word or name,
  • Not being able to maintain a train of thought and getting easily confused or distracted when talking,
  • Speaking a native language if other than English and not realizing that they are doing it,
  • Using nonsense words or sounds rather than actual words,
  • Gesturing more or using gestures and movements to express themselves rather than words,
  • Withdrawing from spoken communication and not interacting with others as frequently.

Starting home care for your aging parent can be one of the best decisions that you can make for your aging parent throughout the course of your caregiver journey with them. A home care services provider can be there with your aging parent on a fully customized schedule to ensure that they have access to all of the care, support, and assistance that they need to live the quality of life that they desire and deserve throughout their later years. Through a highly personalized set of services, this home care provider can help your parent stay healthy, happy, comfortable, and safe, as well as encourage them to live a lifestyle that is as independent, active, and fulfilling as possible.

These services can include assistance with personal care tasks and activities of daily living, fulfillment of daily needs such as running errands and going to appointments, physical support and assistance, help with keeping the home clean and safe, and companionship to boost mental and emotional health and keep them at their best as they age in place.

Source:  https://www.alz.org/care/dementia-communication-tips.asp

If you or an aging loved one are considering Home Care Services in Grayslake IL, please contact the caring staff at Big Hearts Home Care today! 

Matthew Calcagno

Matthew is a graduate of Robert Morris College and is a U.S. Navy veteran.Matthew founded Big Hearts Home Care after over a decade at HP. Spending time volunteering at his grandparent’s senior center inspired him to make a bigger difference in the quality of care seniors receive.His grandfather whom turned 100 in 2015 is still a major inspiration to him in seeing that service is provided with a family focused touch.

It is his passion and commitment to providing quality service that has awarded Big Hearts Home Care as Provider of Choice and Employer of Choice in the Chicagoland area. He believes that being an independently owned and operated company allows him the flexibility to manage the business in a way that better serves the clients.

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"Helping people is what I was meant to do; it inspires and motivates me," Calcagno said. "I also get to help veterans - assisting them in the VA pension process and providing care for several in the area. This is what I love to do."

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