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Tips on communicating with the elderly!
Tips on communicating with the elderly
As people grow older, they become more difficult to understand and even changes in their environment can have an impact on their communication. Many Elderly and disabled people struggle with hearing, reading and writing, General communications skills. Many elderly or disabled people have short-term memory loss so a conversation that you may have just had with them is one they can easily forget. Lots of patients and compassion is key.
Here are some ways to help your communication with a loved one who is elderly or disabled.
- Maintain eye contact and speak clearly and directly to them (Loud tone if hearing is an issue)
- Be as simple as possible (small words, short sentences, and visual aids).
- Try not to argue with the elder it may over excite them or upset them.
- Recall what you are stating to the elder (restate key ideas of the topic frequently/ repeat key points)
- Exercise patients and compassion
- Ask instead of order and demand
- Ask instead of assuming
- Offer choices when possible
- Use “I” instead of “YOU” People do not like to be demanded. It may cause them to be upset.
“You must exercise today!”
“You need to finish your soup”
Instead use the “I” language
“I will help you exercise today!”
“Let’s finish your soup, Okay?”