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Communicate with an Older Adult with Dementia Who Can No Longer Speak

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Years ago, I stumbled upon a video that remains vivid in my mind. In it, an elderly couple who had spent a lifetime devoted to one another was coping with the wife’s late-stage Alzheimer's disease. The wife lived in a nursing home and was unhappy, aggressive, and even combative with the staff. Her condition had robbed her of her ability to communicate, so no one knew what was upsetting her or how to help her relax. Instinctually, the husband decided he would do what he’d always done: he climbed into her bed with her and held her. 

Continue reading on Agingcare for insight into how you can better communicate with your loved one who can no longer speak:

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