Fit Louisville

2017

Greater Louisville Health Guide is a directory and resource guide to health providers and services in Louisville, Kentucky. Includes listings of area doctors and dentists, hospitals, nursing homes and emergency care.

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F I T 2 0 1 7 - 2 0 1 8 3 7 Dementia Doesn't Mean the Conversation is Over It's rare to meet someone whose life has not been touched by dementia in some way. Despite its prevalence, however, lots of people can get uncomfortable or nervous when they converse with a person suffering from dementia — and understandably so! It can be incredibly overwhelming. The repetition, word searching, and long pauses often associated with memory loss can make once-casual conversations frustrating. To help you bridge the discomfort gap, here are some great tips on making communication easier for everyone: Understand what you're up against. Dementia gets worse over time, and people trying to mitigate memory loss will gradually experience more difficulty communicating as it progresses. There will be good days and bad days. Be patient. It may take a person with dementia more time to process what you are saying, so try not to rush or prompt them when they're formulating responses. Avoid distractions. Try to find a place and time to talk where everyone can concentrate on the conversation. Speak clearly, but naturally. A warm, kind, calm voice will make dementia patients feel more at ease. Refrain from harsh tones or condescending baby talk. Talk about one thing at a time. People with dementia may not be able to mentally multitask or switch back and forth among topics very quickly. Just like an actor uses artistry and technique to perform, communicating with dementia patients requires conversational artistry and lots of technique. Understanding how to talk to your loved ones will help them open up, giving you both more opportunities to meaningfully connect. For more information about dementia or to schedule a tour of our Memory Care Neighborhoods, please visit EpiscopalChurchHome.org or call (502) 736-7816.

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