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Non-Verbal Communication: Beyond Words
Communication is more than just language and speech. Non-verbal communication is increasingly important as the dementia progresses. This may include hand gestures, body language, facial expressions, eye contact, touch, and even actions. For people with dementia who get frustrated or angry when having a conversation, or can not longer find the words to express themselves, can still use non-verbal communication to connect with others. Try using non-verbal communication to:
- Reinforce a message - asking a person if they want something to eat, and then pointing to the refrigerator, helps clarify the question.
- Convey agreement or disagreement - nodding "yes" or shaking your head "no" will help the person with dementia understand how you feel.
- Take the place of words - a warm smile or hug conveys a message just as strongly as words can.
- Barriers to Communication
- Video: How Dementia Affects Speech
- Quick Quiz #1
- Communication Through the Stages of Dementia
- Video: Problems with Cursing in Dementia
- Quick Quiz #2
- Tips for Talking to Someone with Dementia
- Video: Adjusting the Tone and Speed of Your Voice
- Tips for Listening to Someone With Dementia
- Video: How to Have a Conversation With a Person with Dementia
- Quick Quiz #3
- Video: Using Touch to Communicate
- Non-Verbal Communication: Beyond Words