Dementia and Communication

  • Identify ways to assess the communication strengths and abilities of the individual with dementia
  • State how dementia can impact on communication skills
  • Identify other factors that might influence the individual’s ability to communicate
  • Describe a range of communication strategies that could be adopted at different stages of dementia
  • Describe techniques to overcome the barriers to communication
  • Describe how information about an individual’s life history can strengthen communication
  • Apply active listening skills
  • Explain how assumptions and beliefs influence effective communication
  • Explain how challenging behavior is a form of communication
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