Visiting a Friend with Late Stage Alzheimer's

Visiting a Friend with Late Stage Alzheimer's

Verbal communication stops before the ability to interpret nonverbal cues. One of the first connections an infant makes is between a soothing touch or tone of voice and relief from physical distress. A smile is associated with being held and cuddled, music with being rocked. People in late stage Alzheimer’s sometimes find comfort in a soft blanket or stuffed toy that must bring back a sense of the security of early childhood. When words have lost meaning, nonverbal lines of communication will be left open. Remember the acronym “B-E-S-T” for ways you can continue to connect...

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