Dementia and Communication – Going into their Space

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.

Find out about some of the changes in communication that occur as a result of dementia and how you can manage these changes.

Losing the ability to communicate can be one of the most frustrating and difficult problems for people with dementia, their families and carers (Alzheimer’s Australia, May 2012). As the illness progresses, a person with dementia experiences a gradual lessening of their ability to communicate. They find it more and more difficult to express themselves clearly and to understand what others say.

There are many causes of dementia, each affecting the brain in different ways. Each person with dementia is unique and difficulties in communicating thoughts and feelings are very individual. Often the emotional needs of people with dementia are forgotten or the myth that they don’t understand excludes them in our communication. Their many losses are not recognised and we withhold information and truth from them.

This course will help you to relate and connect with people with dementia in a creative way and will provide you with a new understanding of their communication needs.

A person with dementia is a full living human being with a rich past, a present and an evolving future. They have the ability to celebrate life and enjoy beauty, goodness and truth. Learn the language and value the space of the person with dementia and help you go into their space rather than asking them to come back to our space.

This course will help you:

  • Understand the effect of dementia on communication
  • Plan communication strategies with the person with dementia
  • Identify behaviours that inhibit communication when the person has dementia
  • List behaviours that enhance communication between you and the person with dementia
  • Assess the effectiveness of communication strategies
  • Appreciate the losses people with dementia face and work with their fear of losing their memory proactively

Who should attend?

Anyone working with people who have dementia, e.g. Alzheimer’s disease