Communicating with and Caring for Someone with Dementia

Senior Care in Sun City West AZ

Dementia can cause a number of health problems to occur in the older adult. As it progresses, it could cause the senior’s speech to become delayed and an increase in memory loss. Since the elderly adult will not be able to talk to you in the way they used to, you may need to find new ways to communicate with them.

A senior care provider can also be hired to help you care for the elderly loved one, as well as helping with the daily responsibilities of caring for someone with dementia. If you would like to be a part of the caregiving role, it is important that you also learn a better way to communicate with elders who have dementia.

Communication Tips When Caring for a Senior with Dementia

  • Watch your own body language. The way you position your body or speak to your loved one could either trigger a negative response or encourage the elder to talk to you. When speaking, talk to the elder in a positive, upbeat, respectful way. Make sure to also use favorable facial expressions and physical touch to get your message across.
  • Remove all distractions. If there is a lot of noise and other distractions in the room, the elder’s attention probably will not be on you. Turn off the TV and radio, turn down the phone, and remove any other distractions in order to get their undivided attention.
  • Speak slowly and clearly. Someone with dementia is not going to understand complex instructions and stories. Instead, keep it simple by breaking down the steps for each task into small, easy-to-understand ones. If the elder does not understand what you said the first time, repeat it word-for-word. If that still does not work, stay calm and rephrase the question into easier-to-understand statements.
  • Let them talk. Adults with dementia may want to share something with you, but are unable to find the right words. When this happens, be patient and let them search for the words they are looking for. By trying to hurry them or correct them will lead to frustration and anger on the elder’s side.
  • Redirect their attention elsewhere. If your loved one is becoming upset over a certain conversation topic, activity, or social event, try to distract them. Redirect their attention to a topic or activity they would enjoy in order to refocus their energy on something else.

Caring for someone with dementia can be a full-time job. Keep these communication tips in mind when trying to have a conversation with your elderly loved one.

If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Sun City West, AZ, contact the caring staff at Elite Senior Homecare Services at (623) 285-6397. Quality Home Care & Assisted Living Placement Service in Sun City West, Peoria, Surprise and the surrounding areas.



Joseph Njenga, CEO

I am excited to be the CEO of Elite Senior Homecare Services mission in serving our wonderful seniors. I started my career as a Certified Nursing Assistant and worked in that capacity for several years. I decided to go back to school to pursue Licensed Practical Nurse. I have worked with seniors in Rehabilitation Centers, Long term Care Centers and Special Care Units for seniors with Alzheimer’s or Dementia. I have also worked with residents with Traumatic Brain Injury and stroke in group homes and as an administrator of assisted Living facilities. At Elite Senior Home Care Services, we are committed to giving our esteemed clients quality care to allow them to live in their homes for as long as possible. Our dedicated team of care managers, compassionate and professional caregivers will be happy to care for your loved one.