Communicating and Caring for an Alzheimer’s A.D. Patient

Alzheimer’s (A.D.) is an irreversible, degenerative disease for which, at this time, there is no cure. A person with A.D. appears physically normal, often leading to others having unrealistic expectations of them. Actions of people with A.D. are controlled by their illness, rational thinking and behavior is not always possible. Patience and understanding is needed from their caretakers. Remember the 3 C’s! create a Calm, Caring and Consistent environment.

Communicating and Caring for an A.D. Patient

 ·        Don’t expect them to behave consistently or rationally

·        Don’t expect correct answers to your questions

·        Don’t expect them to follow complicated directions

·        Don’t expect them to remember names, places, or names of things

·        Don’t provide choices (he or she will likely become stressed or agitated)

·        Don’t get impatient when asked the same question over and over again.

     Try to redirect their attention.

·        Don’t raise your voice

·        Don’t talk too much or too fast

·        Don’t argue with the person or expect a reasoned response

·        Don’t take it personally when they are uncooperative or hostile.

      The illness is controlling the behavior

·        Don’t take them where there is a lot of noise or activity

·        Don’t take the person into unfamiliar situations

·        Don’t talk about them in front of him/her or laugh at their behavior

Remember: A.D. causes people to change daily, hourly, or even by the minute. They are not in control of their behavior, the illness is.