Communication With The Elderly

1. Be Positive

Talk with your senior in a positive tone of voice and in a loving, respectful way.

Be aware of your body language – you can use physical touch to help show your affection and convey the message.

2. Be Clear

It’s important to use simple words and sentences and to speak slowly and clearly.

If your senior does not understand your message or question, be sure to repeat it in the same wording.

Try to use the names of places and people instead of pronouns like he, she, and they.

3. Listen

Stay patient when you’re waiting for their replies. If they are struggling to respond, you can suggest words for them.

Try to listen for the meaning and feelings in all of their responses.

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