(HealthDay News) -- Talking to a person with a brain disorder caused by dementia or injury can be a challenge.
The Family Caregiver Alliance offers these suggestions:
- Make sure the person is paying attention when you speak. Start out by saying his or her name.
- Speak clearly, slowly, simply and directly. Shorter sentences are best.
- Be kind and respectful, even if you're frustrated. Don't treat an adult like a child.
- Don't yell if the person has trouble hearing or understanding. Just move closer and try again.
- Listen, and involve the person in the conversation.
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