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What can help me communicate with a loved one who has Parkinson’s disease?

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Parkinson's disease can make verbal communication very difficult for your loved one. Here are things that can help you understand:

  • Talk to your loved one face-to-face.
  • If the disease is advanced, ask yes-or-no questions.
  • Repeat the part of the sentence that you understood. (For example, "You want me to get the what?")
  • Ask your loved one to repeat what they’ve said, or ask them to speak slower or spell out the words you didn’t understand.

SOURCES:

National Parkinson Foundation: "Caring for Someone with PD" and "For Those Who care For People With Parkinson's."

PDCaregiver.org: "Welcome to Care - for CareGivers of People with Parkinson's."

 

Reviewed by Neil Lava on November 11, 2018

SOURCES:

National Parkinson Foundation: "Caring for Someone with PD" and "For Those Who care For People With Parkinson's."

PDCaregiver.org: "Welcome to Care - for CareGivers of People with Parkinson's."

 

Reviewed by Neil Lava on November 11, 2018

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