Speech Tips for Elderly Family Member

Speech Tips for Elderly Family Member

“To care for those who once cared for us is one of the highest honors”

– The Walker

All of us see elders around us, we know that they have difficulty communicating often. We will be sharing some speech tips for an elderly family member in today’s blog post. As age increases, speech and language deteriorate. This is due to muscle weakness, aging, hearing loss, visual issues, illness, and general health status. It is very crucial that you take some time out, to keep your loved one engaged. Speech and language stimulation will keep them active mentally and motivated. It will also give them a sense of purpose in life and to participate in social events.

Speech Tips for Elderly Family Member

  1. Engage in conversation with them often. Ask them to talk about their interests, life, and other life events.
  2. Sit with them and read a newspaper or a magazine.
  3. Play cards, Su-do-Ku, and other brain-stimulating games with them.
  4. Take them out to social gatherings and encourage them to meet and talk with people.
  5. Allow them space to build new friends and attend elderly support groups.
  6. Go on a walk with them and engage in conversations about things happening in society.
  7. Motivate them to talk slowly and in a quiet place when they want to communicate.
  8. Help them make shorter sentences for effective communication.
  9. Ask them to take breaths between sentences and while pausing. This will help to give better breath support.
  10. Encourage them to maintain eye contact with the listener to deliver their message effectively.

“You can enroll them for Speech-Language Therapy, to improve their communication skills”

Communication Tips for Caregivers:

Here are my top communication tips for caregivers of the elderly.

  • Be patient and wait for them to communicate their point of view.
  • Talk to them in a low noise setting with fewer distractions.
  • Always establish eye contact with them while talking.
  • Do not complete their sentences and give them your full attention.
  • Accept and discuss their viewpoints.
  • Do not interrupt them and listen closely.
  • Initiate conversations and talk about new things in the community.
  • Ask them frequently about their life experiences and engage with them.
  • Watch and listen to music and discuss television topics with them.
  • Make sure to talk about your day and share your views with them.

 

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