You cannot walk up to a person who is deeply forget and start blabbering away full blast. You arrive on the scene, make eye contact, and then exchange smiles.
By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room
Alzheimer's World, Nonverbal Communication and Patience. If you did not read that article I suggest you take the time to do it.
Did you make it to Alzheimer's World, yet?
If not, or if you are new, I suggest you search our knowledge base using this term -- Alzheimer's World. You can find the search box on the right hand side of every page on this website.
Time moves more slowly in Alzheimer's World. Once you take your big giant step to the left and enter Alzheimer's World you have to slow down. Slow way way down, and be patient.
You might not have given this much thought but most persons who are deeply forgetful think and move much slower than we do.
If you take the time to look you will notice that when a lot of people are "buzzing around" the deeply forgetful tend to get confused or anxious. Same thing happens in a crowded place where people are talking.
Sometimes when the environmental stimuli become too great, Alzheimer's patients tend to react negatively, or "or just say No all the time".