How Alzheimer’s Disease Can Affect Your Communication Skills


As Alzheimer’s disease progresses, communicating starts to become a problem. This Alzheimer’s and Dementia Resources film focuses on how communication skills are affected by Alzheimer’s disease and how we can help patients who are struggling.

Understand how Alzheimer’s disease affects the brain here.

The video offers practical advice to caregivers of Alzheimer’s disease patients to help alleviate some of the challenges and frustrations of trying to communicate with their loved ones. Simple tips such as ensuring you have their full attention before you start speaking, speaking slowly and simply, limiting the amount of options to make life less confusing, and trying not to put them on the spot by asking if they remember certain events or people will all help you better communicate with each other.

Read our six tips to help to make life easier if you have Alzheimer’s disease.

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  1. Sue Lyon says:

    Using music to spark memories can help. It is a nice way to reminisce with the person with Alzheimer’s. LifeSongs recordable scrapbooks let you tell a person’s life story through 12 pages of photos. Then you can record 12 of their favorite songs (or your/their voice). It’s a multi-sensory approach that promotes communication. Learn more or order at

    • Tim Bossie says:

      That’s a fantastic resource and help. I’ve seen some of these in the nursing homes around my area. Thank you for sharing. 🙂

  2. Ann Eichenberger says:

    Are these tips a “one size fits all” approach? It does not address the issue whether all people, despite differences in educational levels, verbal abilities, and income, have the same communication problems when they have AD? So if you have a large vocabulary and strong verbal skills as a young adult, will you lose these abilities at the same rate as someone without a high school education?

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