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10 Tips for Communicating with a Loved One with Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s is a disease that will affect nearly 5.7 million Americans this year. Many of our patients are living with this disease and require full-time care at our rehabilitation centers. This disease causes brain cell connection and cells to degenerate and die. The most commonly known symptom is memory loss, which can lead to confusion.


Unfortunately, because there is no cure, the diagnosis can be devastating for families. The compassionate team at Santé takes great care in guiding families through the various stages of Alzheimer’s. Depending on the patient, some strategies can temporarily improve symptoms, but often the greatest hurdle for families is communication.


In the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s, there are many ways to ease the difficulty of communicating with a loved one who has Alzheimer’s. As the disease progresses, loved ones may rely on nonverbal communication and other tactics to express themselves.


Even the smallest communicative response from a loved one with late-stage Alzheimer’s is a big win in our book. However, don’t make assumptions about your loved one’s ability to communicate, as Alzheimer’s can affect people differently.




At Santé, we offer an innovative approach to healthcare by healing the mind, body, and spirit. It’s our sincere hope that these tips will help you communicate with a loved one who has Alzheimer’s. For more information about our short-term rehab and home health services, call (480) 264-4568 or contact us online.

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