After understanding non-verbal communication types and techniques, you will be able to communicate more effectively with someone who has Alzheimer’s or dementia. The use of body language can help reduce the risk of confusion, agitation, and frustration.
It important that we adapt our communication to match the ability of the person with dementia so they understand as much as possible what we’re trying to communicate.
Non-verbal communication types:
1. Facial expressions
2. Body movements and posture
4. Eye contact
Non-verbal communication techniques:
1. Be patient and calm
2. Keep voice, face, and body relaxed and positive
3. Be consistent
4. Make eye contact and respect personal space
5. Use gentle touch to reassure
6. Observe their nonverbal reactions