Suggestions for Better Understanding of AUDIO Communication Despite Dementia Symptoms

This is a remarkable guide to communicating with people with dementia. Truthfulkindness gives real insight into the difficulties faced in understanding, keeping up with and responding to what people say around and to you.
Please read and remember. I too have some of these difficulties, processing sound, needing to see lips, needing time to think before responding. Sometimes more than at others.

Truthful Loving Kindness

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Please remember I can only speak for myself.  Dementia is not one-size-fits-all !
My problem with communication is once I lose track, everything after that starts to crumble.
The following suggestions may help me to stay on track and participate in conversations at least in this early stage.

This is my Holiday gift (Chanukah, Christmas, etc) to my own loved ones & those of my friends.

Outline for E.C.T. (Environment, Content, & Timing for Conversation)

Environment:
….A) Visual;
……..1) Make eye contact; note “Positive Physical Approach”;
……..2) Mouth visible;
….B) Reduce background audio and visual “noise” of environment:
……..1) Single person speaking;
……..2) Avoid startling or loud noise;
……..3) Avoid background “noise” (audio and visual);
….C) Bring person or activity to help carry conversation;
….D) Be aware of “invisible” distractions:
……..1) Health
……..2) Hallucinations

Content:
….A) Grammar/Vocabulary:
……..1) Reduce extra phrases and clauses;
……..2) Consistent use of past/present/future tense;

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