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Communicating with Older Adults with Dementia

Communicating with older adults who have dementia can be quite a challenge. There are techniques, however, that can be used to effectively communicate with older adults who have dementia, even those who are severely cognitively impaired. It is important for you to know and follow these techniques for effective communication so you can better communicate with the older adults in your care. It is also important to know which actions can hinder communication.

There are guidelines, however, that you can follow to ensure effective communication with persons with dementia, even those who have severe cognitive impairments. By remembering and applying these guidelines, you will be in a better position to understand the messages a person with dementia is trying to communicate. It also places the person with dementia in a better position to understand your messages. This course outlines these guidelines and their application. In this course, you will learn how to understand the person with dementia by knowing them as an individual and recognizing common speech patterns, how persons with dementia use behaviors for communicating discomfort, and the communication strategies you can employ to ensure the person receives your message clearly.