Dementia – What not to say?

For somebody living with dementia, language and communication can become more difficult over time.

How and when language problems develop will depend on the individual, as well as the type of dementia and the stage it is at. While the person living with the condition may have issues with recall or finding the right word, the words that other people use are important too. A poor choice of language can be both hurtful and frustrating.

Good communication can be key to helping somebody to live well with dementia. Here are a few of the words and questions to avoid in conversation.

To find out more about the 7 things not to say to somebody with dementia visit the Alzheimer’s Society website