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She is alert enough to be able to realize that one or the other garment has not been returned in a few days.....She is amazingly alert and observant.
Grace + Peace,
Our ability to carry on a regular 'give and take' discussion is pretty limited. He chose to not learn sign language, therefore, that is not possible. However, over the years we have developed a few hand signs to communicate basic needs.
Having an evaluation from a speech pathologist should be helpful in determining which type your grandmother has and what some solutions could be.
Once she said she needed the sour cream on. That meant she needed her brief changed. Other times she'd yell she needed the heat turned UP UP UP and they'd turn it all the way and what she really wanted was down because she was way too hot...and the extra sweater that we added wasn't helping that any.
The speech therapist will try to teach them to compensate when they can't find a word, and if they are willing to use a picture board or point to choices like what foods they usually want or maybe pictures of someone who is too hot or too cold, it can work. If you really have no option to get one, there is no reason not to try some of those things yourself. Here is a site you might like to look at: www.aphasia.org/content/communication-tips - I noticed that googling for "communicate with elders" was not as much help as "communication with aphasia" for the kind of thing you are going through. It's hard.
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