According to the Alzheimer's Association, as many as 5.3 million people in the US are living with Alzheimer's, and a new diagnosis is made every 70 seconds. With the first baby boomers soon entering the pool of those at risk for developing Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, there are many challenges ahead.
There is an increasing need for staff training to successfully care for patients and residents with Alzheimer's disease. A person-centered care philosophy is crucial for organizations committed to overcoming these challenges and communication is key.
Communication—the expressive or receptive exchange of information—is vital to the functional success and emotional well-being of the person with dementia. Difficulty expressing needs and/or understanding another person is extremely stressful to both the individual with dementia and the caregiver. In addition, any type of communication breakdown can contribute significantly to excess disability. We can help.