How to Effectively Communicate with the Elderly

Many elderly persons struggle with general communication skills like hearing, reading, and writing. We must do this in a way that’s different than how we’d talk to our peers because they’re harder to understand and are influenced by environmental changes too. How to Talk to the Elderly When engaging in senior communication there are a few things you should do: Maintain eye contact Speak clearly Be direct Don’t multitask – since they don’t live in a fast paced world they’re not accustomed to this and so they may feel as though we’re not interested or we don’t care Use simple words and short sentences Frequently re-state key points from your discussion – three times is the “magic number”: once in the beginning, once in the middle, then again at the end of the conversation Include visual aids when possible – Read More +