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Dementia and Communication

We tend to associate Dementia with confusion and memory loss, but Dementia can also affect the ability to communicate effectively. You may find that the person who is living with Dementia will have difficulty finding the right words or the words spoken are not in the right context. Some words may not make sense at all, whilst some people will repeat the same words over and over. The words may be there but not necessarily in a logically sequence. Eric Morecambe was famous for his one line joke "I'm playing all the right notes, but not necessarily in the right order". This can be said for someone living with dementia - they are speaking the right words but not necessarily in the right order. Whilst we may giggle at Eric's joke, the difference here is those affected and their carers experience feelings of anger, frustration and anxiety. 

Dementia may also result in inappropriate language being used and gestures. In some cases the person may speak less often or not at all. And as communication is a two way process, it can also affect the ability to understand conversations, instructions or questions.

Carers are at the heart of everything we do.​  We are:

Friendly and approachable

Inclusive, respecting the diversity of each other’s caring experiences

Independent in advocating for carers

Committed to working with others.

Our services include:
Assisted Shopping
Friends for the Bereaved
Home Conversation
So what can we do to help?

The NHS suggests using "active listening:
  • use eye contact to look at the person, and encourage them to look at you when either of you are talking
  • try not to interrupt them, even if you think you know what they're saying
  • stop what you're doing so you can give the person your full attention while they speak
  • minimise distractions that may get in the way of communication, such as the television or the radio playing too loudly, but always check if it's OK to do so
  • repeat what you heard back to the person and ask if it's accurate, or ask them to repeat what they said
  • "listen" in a different way – shaking your head, turning away or murmuring are alternative ways of saying no or expressing disapproval"

Helping our clients communicate is one of our top priorities. All our Support Workers are trained in Active Listening and our Home Conversation service is designed to ensure that those living with Dementia are not living in isolation.

For further information on how we can help and our services please contact:  
Marilyn Cockett on 01302 770662/07899050622
or email:
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Inspire Doncaster is dementia friendly and a member of Doncaster Dementia Action Alliance.
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