Good communication is key to supporting people with dementia

Trying to jog a past memory or asking open questions about more recent events are two approaches to avoid when having a conversation with someone with dementia, according to Alzheimer’s society initiative Dementia Friends.

Marking World Alzheimer’s Day this week (21 September), Dementia Friends published a document of seven things not to say to somebody with dementia.

There are nearly 50 million people with dementia worldwide and this number is set to treble by 2050.

As a parish, SS. Joseph and Swithun tries to be aware of parishioners who may be suffering and need our help, and there are steps we can all take to support those with dementia. Good communication and understanding the words and questions to avoid in conversation can be critical.