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Elderspeak to Resident Dementia Patients increases Resistiveness to care in health care profession
  • Fan-Ping Meng,
  • Min Zhang,
  • Hui Zhao
Fan-Ping Meng

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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.