“Is That a Horsie in Your Hand?”: Communication and Listening Skills
Dana Olivia Dunn Territo [+]
Advocate for those affected by Alzheimer’s disease
There are tremendous obstacles in trying to communicate with an individual with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias. Stepping into the individual’s reality, overlooking language deficits, learning to listen attentively, and promoting communication in non-threatening and encouraging ways are key components in gaining a reciprocal communicative relationship between the caregiver and the affected individual.