September is World Alzheimer’s Awareness Month…

Did you know that Speech Language Pathologists can help those with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia? Although these conditions are not curable, a Speech Language Pathologist can help patients with dementia to better communicate their wants and needs and can design strategies for the patient to better participate in everyday activities. If your loved one has Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, talk to their doctor regarding speech therapy to improve their quality of life. 

 

Until you are able to get specific strategies for your loved one from your Speech Language Pathologist, here are some general strategies that may help you to better communicate with him/her:

 

- Keep your words and sentences simple.

- Use a normal rate of speech.

- Repeat and rephrase (when your loved one does not understand what you are saying).

- Ask yes/no questions rather than open-ended questions. (“Do you want chicken for dinner?” vs. “What do you want for dinner?”)