12 Helpful Hints

It is easy to lose your way when you are a Care Partner: particularly when you are tired. I’m hoping that the following hints will steer me, and others, on a sensible path as we move forward on our journey.

Let's Talk about Dementia

Communicating with someone who has dementia


What can someone with dementia feel?

Imagine if you were to lose the ability to say the right word or understand what was being said, eg when on holiday in a foreign country where you don’t speak the language. You may feel frustrated, angry and look for help, perhaps to someone to interpret for you. You might respond by not speaking at all and withdrawing into yourself of avoiding situations where you have to communicate with people.

Here are 12 Helpful Hints for communicating with someone living with dementia.

  1. Be calm and patient.
  2. Face the person, speak clearly and slowly.
  3. Make sure that you have their attention by gently touching their arm and saying their name.
  4. Use short, simple sentences and say exactly what you mean.
  5. Try to get one idea across at a time.
  6. Allow plenty of time for the person to take…

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2 thoughts on “12 Helpful Hints

  1. A very good list. I request over and over to people (although they forget!!) that they PLEASE come so that I can see their MOUTHS when they speak. If I can’t see a person’s mouth, I have to work very hard to get clear of all the other distractions and sounds around and in me to hear and understand, which stirs frustration and irritation, complicating communication even further. It seems such a simple thing to do, and yet often people do not think of or remember to do it.


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