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Posted on: 16.10.2020

How To Talk To Someone With Dementia?

Communication is such an important part of how we connect with each other on a human level. It’s not only a way to tell other people what we need or how we feel but a way of expressing ourselves and individuality.

However, as a progressive illness, dementia can make effective communication difficult. This generally happens little-by-little over a period of time because dementia slowly affects the ability to process information. The result can be delayed responses, problems understanding what is being said and difficulty finding the right words in response. Alongside this, other health conditions such as hearing problems can compound communication difficulties which may cause a person to withdraw or feel anxious about socialising.