Here is a fantastic article on how to increase communication with someone who is suffering from Alzheimer’s.
I recently posted a comment onto a social media site posing the question, “”What do Seniors need?” There were many comments related to various topics, all of them were closely associated with peoples’ jobs and the role they play in the life of the aged. Most all worked in HealthCare. After giving the topic more thought, I guess that’s were my response came from as well, partly anyway. Being a speech therapist obviously involves talking…..a lot. That’s what I do. I attempt to engage people in a way that hopefully sparks their interest, elicits a response, and encourages and promotes language skills. We talk. So many times at the end of a session I have been asked, “When are you coming back?” That question from so many of my patients is how I answered the question, “What do seniors need?” What Seniors need is more human interaction. If you ever have question, simply visit a nursing home and you will witness first hand the loneliness and isolation that occurs on a daily basis. They love visits, chatting, and hugs. It doesn’t have to be for long periods of time but just to let them know they have not been forgotten. They love baked goods and visits from pets. The facility where I work is truly wonderful about bringing all types of animals in for visits with the residents. So many of them miss their pets that had to be left at home. When people walk into a residents room you can see their faces light up and they brighten up. It may be something as simple as reading the local newspaper to them or watching a 30 minute TV show together. Simply being present, means a tremendous amount. I realize everyone has a busy schedule but I honestly believe that it benefits young kids and adults alike to visit the elderly. It is an experience you will not forget and one that can teach a great deal about history, hard work, and the people who gave so much to make our country great. So take a minute out of your day and pay a visit to that elder person you have been meaning to go see. I promise it will make you happy and also make the day of the person who would otherwise be sitting alone.