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6 Ways You Can Make Communicating Easier for a Senior with Parkinson’s

By Debbie Waddell, 9:00 am on

If you provide in-home Parkinson’s care in Placer County for a senior, you’ve surely noticed that Parkinson’s disease (PD) affects the way he or she communicates. This doesn’t mean you avoid talking, it just means you need to find new ways to speak to each other and understand one another. Here are six strategies you can use to better communicate with your elderly loved one.

1. Sit Face-to-Face

Sitting face-to-face helps you understand gestures and facial expressions your senior loved one uses to nonverbally communicate a message and can add to your overall understanding.

2. Stick to Basic Questions

Seniors with PD take time to process what’s being said. Using lengthy, complicated questions won’t get you a quick answer or allow for a fluid conversation.

3. Speak Slowly

Similarly to number two, because it takes time for a senior with PD to comprehend what’s being said, make sure family members and Placer County caregivers speak slowly and clearly.

4. Ask for Clarification

Your senior loved one most likely speaks slowly and the words might not be precise due to pronunciation problems. Don’t hesitate to ask for clarification when this happens to avoid miscommunication.

5. Creativity is Necessary

Creativity can go a long way to aiding communication. Come up with photos that show several common items and learn to use gestures. Non-verbal communication is always the best when it comes to making communication easier.

6. Minimize Distractions

Things in the background can be easily distracting. These can include the television, music, and movements. You’ll need to find a way to minimize these distractions to avoid loss of concentration, which can come easily to seniors with PD.

These are just a handful of tips to get you started, but if you’d like more suggestions or are interested in finding Parkinson’s care for your senior loved one, reach out to Placer County Home Care Assistance. We proudly offer specialized hourly and live-in care, and every caregiver can help your loved one around the house, with day-to-day responsibilities and errands, and provide emotional support and companionship. Call a trusted Care Manager at (916) 226-3737 and schedule a free in-home consultation at your earliest convenience.

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