How to communicate with someone who just lost their speaking?
June 23, 2013 12:02 AM Subscribe
My grandma likely suffered a stroke this past week. She was speaking fine before but now she tries to talk and what comes out is sometimes Yiddish, sometimes Polish, occasionally English, but most of the time gibberish. We know she's still mostly there mentally but of course she is very frustrated.
posted by cman to Health & Fitness (11 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
On top of this new challenge, she is...
-hard of hearing
-stubborn, as the head of a family might be
-extremely weak, barely able to stand herself up
-nearly useless with her right arm, very weak with her left
There's a whole separate challenge of just getting her up and moved around her room and to the bathroom and such (any advice appreciated there), but my question now is about how to communicate with her. We tried making flash cards but she doesn't seem to want to use them. We tried giving her a pad of paper to try writing, but she didn't even try. Even before this happened she could barely sign her name. Also, it seems she can understand us fine.
How do you talk with someone who lost their speaking?