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1.2 explain how physical and mental health factors may need to be considered when communicating with an individual who has dementia
An early sign that someone's language is being affected by dementia is that they can't find the right words - particularly the names of objects. [ The person may substitute an incorrect word, or may not find any word at all. [ There may come a time when the person can hardly communicate through language at all. Not only will they be unable to find the words of objects: they may even forget the
names of friends and family. People with dementia often confuse the generations - mistaking their wife for their mother, for example. This may be very distressing for their loved ones, but it's a natural aspect of their memory loss. The person with dementia may be trying to interpret a world that no longer makes sense to them because their brain is processing information incorrectly. Sometimes the person with dementia and those around them will misinterpret each other's attempts at communication. These misunderstandings can be difficult, and may require some support. Difficulties with communication can be upsetting and frustrating for the person with dementia and for those around them, but there are lots of ways to help make sure that you understand each other. ] ]
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1.2 explain how physical and mental health factors may need to be considered when communicating with an individual who has dementia
Weegy: Dementia is a progressive illness which, over time, will affect the ability of the person you're looking after to remember and understand basic everyday facts, such as names, dates and places. [ Dementia will gradually affect the way the person communicates. Their ability to present rational ideas and to reason clearly will change. As a carer, you may find that as the illness progresses you'll have to start discussions in order to get the person to make conversation. This is common. Their ability to process information gets weaker and their responses can be delayed. Body language and physical contact Body language and physical contact become more significant when communication is difficult. There are several ways to make communication easier: Being patient and remaining calm can help the person communicate more easily. Keep your tone of voice positive and friendly where possible, because tone is also a means of communication. Don't stand too close to the person while talking as it can intimidate them. Don't stand too close to the person during communication. Either be on the same level (sitting if they are), or be lower than them. Then it isn't intimidating or difficult for them. Patting or holding the person’s hand while talking to them can help to reassure them and make you feel closer. Watch their body language and words to see whether they're comfortable with you doing this. Encouraging communication Try to start conversations with the person you're looking after, especially if they're having fewer conversations. There are other ways to encourage communication: Speak clearly and slowly, using short sentences. Make eye contact with the person when they're talking or asking questions or having other conversations. Don't make them respond quickly because they may feel pressured if you try to speed up their answers. Encourage the person to join in conversations with others where possible. Don't speak on behalf of the person during discussions about their ... (More)
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