Tips for Spending Quality Time With Your Mom When Communication Is Challenging

Alzheimer's Care Las Vegas, NV: Quality Time
Alzheimer's Care Las Vegas, NV: Quality Time
Alzheimer’s Care Las Vegas, NV: Quality Time

Until recently, you found it easy to communicate with your mom. She’s clearly shifting to a new phase of Alzheimer’s, as her phases contain nonsense words. If she cannot get words to come to mind, she’ll make random noises. You want to be able to understand her, but it’s challenging.

When communication is clearly becoming an issue, what can you do? These tips help you spend quality time together.

Carefully Choose Your Words

This is one of the hardest aspects of having a parent with Alzheimer’s. Your word choices can increase her frustration. If your mom cannot speak more than a few words, stop talking to her in complex sentences. 

Use short, simple phrases. If you have a question for her, make it one that can be answered with “yes” or “no” or a nod or shake of the head. Avoid leading questions that require a long answer and lots of details.

Instead of asking her what she wants for dinner, give her a choice. Ask her if she wants soup and grilled cheese or fish sticks and fries. If she refuses dinner later, take it away and bring it back a few minutes later. She is unlikely to remember that you just presented it to her.

Find Non-Verbal Activities

If you avoid activities that require speech, you avoid the aggravation your mom feels. Find non-verbal activities like dancing, going for a walk, and exploring a nature park.

Put on a movie and sit back and enjoy your mom’s enjoyment watching the scenes. If you choose animated movies with simple language, it may appeal to her more. Or, skip movies with dialogue and put on old silent movies or fly-over travel videos.

Don’t Take Anything Personally

Your mom may be upset due to the frustration. She might lash out at you. Remember it’s not personal. As hurtful as some of the things she says or does can feel, it’s not about you. It’s the disease destroying the filters that should be in place.

Your mom’s buffers on what is appropriate to say or do are diminishing. She has no way to control what she does or says. Let what happens roll off your shoulders and wait for the mood to change. It will in a very short time.

Take Time Off

You may be your mom’s primary family helper, but you need to take care of yourself. With Alzheimer’s care services, your mom’s needs are taken care of by a trained caregiver. She has someone to help her with dressing, hygiene, grooming, and meals.

You can focus on other care needs like having someone accompany her to medical appointments or help her pay bills. Call an agency and ask about Alzheimer’s care today.

If you or an aging loved-one are considering Alzheimer’s Care in Las Vegas, NV please contact the caring staff at Compassion Crest Home Care.

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Tips for Spending Quality Time With Your Mom When Communication Is Challenging

Alzheimer's Care Las Vegas, NV: Quality Time
Alzheimer's Care Las Vegas, NV: Quality Time
Alzheimer’s Care Las Vegas, NV: Quality Time

Until recently, you found it easy to communicate with your mom. She’s clearly shifting to a new phase of Alzheimer’s, as her phases contain nonsense words. If she cannot get words to come to mind, she’ll make random noises. You want to be able to understand her, but it’s challenging.

When communication is clearly becoming an issue, what can you do? These tips help you spend quality time together.

Carefully Choose Your Words

This is one of the hardest aspects of having a parent with Alzheimer’s. Your word choices can increase her frustration. If your mom cannot speak more than a few words, stop talking to her in complex sentences. 

Use short, simple phrases. If you have a question for her, make it one that can be answered with “yes” or “no” or a nod or shake of the head. Avoid leading questions that require a long answer and lots of details.

Instead of asking her what she wants for dinner, give her a choice. Ask her if she wants soup and grilled cheese or fish sticks and fries. If she refuses dinner later, take it away and bring it back a few minutes later. She is unlikely to remember that you just presented it to her.

Find Non-Verbal Activities

If you avoid activities that require speech, you avoid the aggravation your mom feels. Find non-verbal activities like dancing, going for a walk, and exploring a nature park.

Put on a movie and sit back and enjoy your mom’s enjoyment watching the scenes. If you choose animated movies with simple language, it may appeal to her more. Or, skip movies with dialogue and put on old silent movies or fly-over travel videos.

Don’t Take Anything Personally

Your mom may be upset due to the frustration. She might lash out at you. Remember it’s not personal. As hurtful as some of the things she says or does can feel, it’s not about you. It’s the disease destroying the filters that should be in place.

Your mom’s buffers on what is appropriate to say or do are diminishing. She has no way to control what she does or says. Let what happens roll off your shoulders and wait for the mood to change. It will in a very short time.

Take Time Off

You may be your mom’s primary family helper, but you need to take care of yourself. With Alzheimer’s care services, your mom’s needs are taken care of by a trained caregiver. She has someone to help her with dressing, hygiene, grooming, and meals.

You can focus on other care needs like having someone accompany her to medical appointments or help her pay bills. Call an agency and ask about Alzheimer’s care today.

If you or an aging loved-one are considering Alzheimer’s Care in Las Vegas, NV please contact the caring staff at Compassion Crest Home Care.



Free In Home Consultation & Care Assessment

Please fill out this form and we will contact you to set up your free assessment.




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