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Reducing Stress in Communication with Mom's Alzheimer's

It can be emotionally draining to navigate a loved one's complicated dementia path, particularly if the communication begins to fail. Alzheimer's disease can lead to short-term memory loss, resulting in communication difficulties, and repetitive behaviors like asking the same questions or repeating sentences, causing significant stress in conversations. Here is how to reduce this stress.

Reducing Stress in Communication with Mom's Alzheimer's

Understanding the Connection Between Alzheimer's and Anxiety

Anxiety and frustration can intensify Alzheimer's symptoms, such as asking the same questions and repeating sentences over and over again. It's helpful to keep an eye on the times when your mother repeats herself the most and to discuss possible causes. These factors could be anything from the time of day, the surroundings, or even certain people. By identifying these triggers, you can address her needs or emotions and better handle the repeating behavior.

Repeating questions may be a result of seeking comfort or a result of an underlying distress. It is important to watch for nonverbal clues, such as hand gestures and tremors, since these could point to discomfort. It's critical to respond with tolerance, reassurance, and empathy. Express your support by acknowledging her feelings with calming tones or a light touch.

Communicating Effectively with a Parent Who Has Dementia

When caring for someone who has dementia, patience is the most important. It is important not to reason and argument the repetitive behavior. It is better to be nice and give her the information she needs, even if it's the tenth time around.

Consider posting written reminders in large print in important places in response to frequently asked questions. Memorization aids and visual cues such as notebooks, clocks, calendars, and photos can reduce the need for her to ask the same questions repeatedly.

Straightforward answers work better than long and complicated explanations that could create misunderstandings or increase anxiety. If you find yourself in a repeating loop, gently change the subject to something you both enjoy talking about or involve her in an activity to break the pattern.

Even if the repetitious behavior might not be entirely stopped, you can still improve your relationships with them by using understanding communication approaches.

Help for Caregivers Looking After a Parent with Alzheimer’s

Caregivers frequently feel impatient or frustrated at times, especially when dealing with repetitive or even rude behaviors. Caregivers must prioritize their own needs. By prioritizing their own well-being, caregivers can avoid burnout and increase the standard of care.

Hiring a home care agency can benefit the person with dementia and provide caregivers with some much-needed rest. These experts may assist with everyday tasks, and help to lower anxiety levels and enhance communication.

Remember that your mother's repetitive actions are signs of her illness, not of her intentions. Overcoming the difficulties of dementia is not easy, however preserving a caring and supportive relationship with patience, understanding, and support can put you and your mother on the right path. 

Credits:
Anxiety and Agitation
The relationship between stress and Alzheimer's disease
Communicating with someone with dementia

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