Alzheimer’s or another dementia will gradually affect a person’s ability to communicate. However, it’s important to understand that changes will be unique for each person, so there is no way of knowing in advance what those specific changes might be. We do know, however, that with early dementia, it generally takes longer to process what’s being said. Some of the other ways that communication may be affected are:
- Needing more time to decide how to respond especially when trying to answer a direct question
- Having problems finding the right words
- Losing your train of thought
- Repeating words, stories, or questions
While these changes can be very frustrating at times, it’s important to remember that the person you’re caring for is not doing it on purpose and they can’t control it. It is a part of the illness.