Senior Citizen's Guide to Cleveland 2016-17 Winter/Spring Edition - page 11

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• Speak gently and clearly.
Keep sentences short
and simple. Use specific names whenever you can,
such as, “Your daughter, Jennifer.”
• Use hand gestures or facial expressions.
Pointing
or demonstrating can help them understand. Also,
holding their hand may help keep their attention and
demonstrate that you are there and you care.
• It’s okay to express happiness.
A warm smile,
a lighthearted attitude, humming or singing a
song together, and shared laughter can often
communicate more than words can.
Finally, in order to help others, remember you first
need to take care of yourself. Make sure you are also
getting adequate nutrition, rest, exercise, and social and
mental stimulation so you continue to stay strong and
healthy now, and in the years to come.
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