(excerpted from Introduction, pages 2-3)

The Conditions that Can Impair Communication

As previously mentioned, the terms Alzheimer's, dementia, confusion and memory loss will be repeated often, sometimes just as Alzheimer's and/or dementia. Each time all or any part of this phrase is mentioned, it will serve to be inclusive of a number of conditions that can impair communication. These conditions can include but are not limited to:

  • Alzheimer's
  • Dementia
  • Stroke
  • Depression
  • Head Injury
  • Parkinson's
  • AIDS Dementia Complex
  • Chronic Illnesses (heart conditions, diabetes, respiratory problems, cancer)
  • Sensory Deprivation (decreased vision & hearing)
  • Drugs and Medications
  • Problems with Nutrition
  • Alcohol and other Substance Abuse Problems
  • Balance and Movement Problems
Keep in mind that the person you are dealing with may have one or a combination of these conditions that can affect the communication process. Alzheimer's is very prevalent, but so are the other conditions listed above. All of them have the potential to manifest a dementia, confusion or memory loss problem. All of them have the potential to impair communication.

How to Communicate with Alzheimer’s - Susan Kohler How to Communicate with Alzheimer’s
Susan Kohler
April 2004
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152 pages
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