Then, there's your favorite loved one. The family member you've been looking forward to spending time with most of all. However, this year, you've noticed that Parkinson's Disease has affected their speech, making them much harder to understand.
Here are some hints that can help make it easier for you to understand your loved one in this situation.
5 simple strategies to improve communication when someone is hard to understand
Make Eye Contact
If possible utilize FaceTime, Skype, or similar technologies that allow you to incorporate visual information into your call. This can really help make your phone conversation more engaging and increase overall understanding.
Listening to your loved one with speech changes due to Parkinson's Disease will require more mental effort. Give them your full attention for the best outcome.
Know the Topic of the Conversation, If Possible
Encourage Hand Gestures
Encourage your loved one to incorporate gestures as much as possible into the conversation.
Avoid Walking and Chewing Gum
There are effective, research-based speech programs available for people with Parkinson's