Eliminate Behavioral and Verbal Hand Grenades in Our Relationships with Our Loved Ones with Dementias and Alzheimer’s Disease – Part 1

Posted: August 29, 2014 in General Things about Quintessential Leadership, Quintessential Leadership
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As quintessential leaders, we need to be working to eliminate these verbal and behavioral hand grenades both from ourselves and from our teams.

Going Gentle Into That Good Night

verbal and behavioral hand grenades relationships dementias Alzheimer's DiseaseCommunication – verbal and behavioral – is the cornerstone of human relationships. It turns out, as all of us have no doubt discovered along the way, that we humans aren’t all that good at successfully communicating with each other all the time.

Admittedly, some of us are better – but not always – at communicating well and consistently with other humans than others of us are.

Our propensity toward communication difficulties leads to a lot of problems in the normal course of our relationships with others. Misunderstandings develop. Feelings get hurt. Relationships are ripped apart irreparably, at least for this lifetime.

However, for our loved ones with dementias and Alzheimer’s Disease, where executive function, cognition, and understanding are compromised by neurological deterioration, these communication difficulties are even more devastating and can often lead to extreme agitation, volcanic emotional outbursts, and inappropriate behavioral manifestations.

Psychoanalyst Trevor Mumby, who has spent his…

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