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And if you throw hearing loss on top of it, it will be even more difficult.
I am assuming tests have been done on hearing.
I remember walking into Moms hospital room and two student nurses explaining to Mom what was going on with her care. I could tell by Mom's expression on her face that she had no idea what they were talking about. I told the girls that Mom lost them on the first word. That her chart should say she has Dementia.
You need to keep things short. No long drawn out explanations. No expecting her to make decisions. You do it all for her. I started giving Mom 3 choices when we went out to eat, then two finally I just ordered her favorite thing. Don't ask if she wants a shower, just do it. Don't ask if she wants to dress, do it. She no longer has the ability to make decision. This is what Dementia is.
Here is a link to an article which discusses the stages of dementia and what symptoms to expect/look out for during each:
Things can get quite difficult when your wife can no longer understand language. I would keep my words very short with mom, and simple, while speaking to her. Here is a list of language tips about dementia:
· Use short words
· Use clear and simple sentences
· Speak slowly and calmly
· Questions should ask for a “yes” or “no” answer
· Talk about one thing at a time
· Talk about concrete things; not abstract ideas
· Use common phrases
· Always say what you are doing
· If they repeat their question, repeat your answer as you did the first time · Give them a longer time to process information
· Wait patiently for a response
· Be accepting of inappropriate answers and nonsense words
· Speak softly, soothingly and gently
Best of luck with a difficult situation.