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Resistiveness to care is very common among patients of dementia as these
patients do not take medicines, meals or bath very easily. Amongst different
factors, the type of communication between resident dementia patient and health
caregiver is an important contributing factors in development of resistiveness
to care. Elderspeak (baby talk) is type of communication in which health
caregivers adjust their language and style, while interacting with elderly and
dependent patients. Most of times, caregivers tend to adapt elderspeak as
they handle weak and fragile older patients for routine activities. Although
elderspeak is meant to provide support, warmth and care to patients, yet
patients perceive elderspeak as patronizing and it induces negative feeling
about self-esteem. The present review discusses the studies discussing the use
of elderspeak in communication and development of resistiveness to care in
resident patients of dementia.