Seven Ways to Communicate With Declining Elders

WheelchairiStock_000006556373Small_1Communicating with people who are losing their abilities to communicate well can seem challenging but it can be done with compassion. First of all, smile. Make your facial expression pleasant when appropriate. Even if you don’t feel like smiling, the physical act may boost your own mood. Smiling can also reflect itself in your voice. Unless the situation is better suited to a compassionate expression, smile. When appropriate, try humor. Sharing gentle humor can make someone’s day.

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Seven Ways to Communicate With Declining Elders