Speech, Communication and Aging Articles

  • Parkinson’s Disease Top Tips: Communicating in Spite of Speech and Voice Disorders

    The AgingCare.com forum is filled with people coming together to share valuable information. We’ve compiled experienced caregivers’ best tips and suggestions for facilitating communication with a loved one who has PD.

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  • Repetition & Dementia: Navigating Mum’s Question Loop

    Like many other dementia patients, my mother repeatedly asks a handful of complex and emotionally charged questions. This is how I try to set her mind at ease.

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  • How to Help an Older Adult with Speech Aphasia

    The ability to communicate may be diminished following a stroke or due to the progression of a neurological disease. A variety of tools and strategies are available for interacting with a loved one who has speech problems.

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  • Conversations with a Dementia Patient Can Be Frustrating

    Caregiver Blog: Sometimes I get so frustrated when trying to talk with my husband with dementia that I end up ignoring him and reading a book. I don't want to hurt him, but there comes a point when I just can't take it anymore.

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  • “Elderspeak” Can Be Detrimental to Seniors’ Mental and Physical Health

    Most caregivers who use elderspeak do so with the goal of enhancing interactions with their elders, not degrading them. However, “endearing” pet names and juvenile turns of phrase can erode a senior’s self-esteem and breed resentment.

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  • 10 Tips For Talking to Someone with Alzheimer’s

    The mental changes that accompany Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia can dramatically alter a person's capacity for communication. Here are ten tips to for talking with a loved one who has Alzheimer's disease.

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  • Communication Techniques for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Caregivers

    Dementia education expert Teepa Snow examines three communication breakdowns that seniors and caregivers often experience as well as techniques for handling them that will diffuse tension and provide reassurance.

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  • How to Communicate with a Senior Who Can No Longer Speak

    It is frightening to watch an aging loved one lose their ability to talk, respond or communicate in any manner, but the powers of touch and hearing can help family caregivers continue to connect with seniors who have aphasia.

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  • An Inside Take on Dementia Behaviors

    Shadowing and repeating questions are troubling behaviors associated with Alzheimer's disease and dementia. Caregivers often are annoyed with these behaviors and try to correct them, but it is important to remember that it's not that simple.

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  • How to Talk about the Future with an Aging Family Member

    Don't wait until a crisis hits to talk about the future with an aging parent or spouse. Learn how to navigate these difficult conversations gracefully.

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  • What to Say When You Don’t Know What to Say to a Cancer Patient

    When a beloved friend or family member has been diagnosed with cancer, finding the right words to say can seem impossible. Caregivers and survivors share their insights.

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  • 11 Things You Should Never Say To a Caregiver

    Even well-intentioned comments and questions can be hurtful when they come from someone who doesn’t understand what caregivers are going through.

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  • What to Say When a Senior Says, “I Just Want to Die.”

    It's shocking and hurtful for a care provider to hear a senior claim they would rather be dead. When a senior states "I want to die" it may be a sign of depression, or it could be an indicator that they just want to talk about the emotional toll of aging.

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  • How to Communicate with Someone Who Has Hearing Loss

    When someone suffers from hearing loss, it is difficult (and frustrating) for them to communicate effectively with others. Here are some tips for effective communication.

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  • Senior Driving Top Tips: Discussing The Ability to Drive

    The AgingCare.com forum is filled with people coming together to share valuable information. We’ve compiled experienced caregivers’ best tips for broaching the subject of unsafe driving with an aging loved one.

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  • Give Thanks for the Good Days

    After a week of restlessness and discomfort, Mom finally had a day of peace. It’s times like these that get me through the difficult days of dementia and its progression.

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  • My Ever-Evolving Thoughts about Death and Dying

    End-of-life subjects are tough for most people, and yet they are so important. I'm getting better at thinking about and discussing them, and want to be sure my kids and grandkids don't have lingering issues when I bite the dust.

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  • How to Help Your Physician Help You

    What makes for a good relationship between a patient and their physician? A doctor's perspective on how to help your physician help you.

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  • How Caregivers Can Practice “Listening With Intention”

    Many people do not take the time to listen carefully to one another, and for this reason, hurt feelings and misunderstandings abound. Caregivers can avoid these challenges by listening at a deeper level and encouraging others to do the same.

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  • Good Communication Can Save Lives When Dementia is Involved

    Good communication is crucial when a loved one with dementia is involved in an emergency situation. Here are 4 strategies to prevent breakdowns and smooth interpersonal interactions.

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