As the disease progresses, the person will lose the capacity for recognizable speech, although he may utter occasional words or phrases. However, even if he can no longer communicate verbally or recognize you, he will likely still be able to communicate in other ways and feel your affection and reassurance. At this stage, non-verbal communication will become increasingly important. People in this stage experience the world primarily through their senses, so use the senses to maintain a connection.
- Touch: Hold her hand. Give a gentle massage to the hands, legs or feet.
- Smell: She may enjoy the smell of a favourite perfume, flower or food, which may bring back happy memories.
- Vision: Videos can be relaxing, especially ones with scenes of nature and soft, calming sounds.
- Hearing: Reading to her can be comforting, even if she may not understand the words. The tone and rhythm of your voice may be soothing. What you say is not as important as how you say it. Speak gently and with affection. Your tone can help her feel safe and relaxed. Read a favourite story or poem. Music is a universal language that promotes well-being for most of us. Sing together, play music, especially the type of music the person enjoyed throughout her life.
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Last Updated: 01/23/12