We pointed out the importance of nonverbal communication by exploring nonverbal cues we all use or know how to interpret (e.g. thumbs up, smile, frown,…) For a lot of people affected with memory changes your body language/ facial expression will mean more than the words you tell them.
As an affected person (AP), write down things you might not remember, so that you can communicate them later. Ask again if you don’t understand what was communicated to you. Ask the other person to slow down and/ or use shorter and simpler questions.
As caregiver (CG) use simple notes, posted in strategic spots, as reminder for the AP (eg a note saying “Keys?” posted at the apartment or house door). Try asking “closed questions” - questions that can be answered with Yes or No.