Communication and Dementia
Effective and empathetic listening, verbal and behavioural skills are all essential for communication with someone who is living with dementia. It is a complex condition which influences everyone in a unique way and impacts upon the lives of those closest to them. Dementia is progressive and as it develops communication and behaviour becomes more challenging and this can lead to stress and frustrations on both the parts of the relatives and the individual. Having a better understanding of communication techniques will make life a little easier and more enjoyable by helping people stay connected.
In this article, we’re taking a look at some of the most common communication challenges someone living with dementia may experience. We’re also looking at some key communication methods and skills which carers and loved ones should adopt when communication with someone with dementia.