According to the Alzheimer’s Association, “An estimated 5.7 million Americans of all ages are living with Alzheimer’s dementia in 2018.” As predicted, this number will continue to grow as the number of older Americans continues to increase. This is why it is important to be able to communicate with the memory care population. Furthermore, there are strategic ways to understand their behaviors that we will discuss throughout the article.
The main focus of caring for someone with Alzheimer’s is to be able to communicate with them by understanding their behaviors and personalities. This disease can cause the individual to act differently and become anxious or aggressive. Using positive language can help reduce frustration between the caregiver and the person with dementia. It can also give the caregiver a better understanding of the needs and behaviors of the individual he or she is caring for. Thus, allowing both to communicate effectively. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, “It’s important to understand that the person is not trying to be difficult and the behavior can be a form of communication.”