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Communication and dementia


Dementia Australia resources



Video content

Dementia - The "Communication Disease" - by Professor Alison Wray - Narrated by Tony Robinson

MESSAGE Communication in Dementia: Strategies for Home Carers

Communicating with People with Dementia: Normal Behaviors Post-Diagnosis

How Dementia Affects Language Skills - Teepa Snow

Brain Boosters: The Role of Your Brain with Regard to Language - Teepa Snow

Papers /research

Communication Strategies to Assist Comprehension in Dementia 
Weirather R. R. (2010). Communication strategies to assist comprehension in dementia. Hawaii medical journal69(3), 72–74.

 Communication with individuals with dementia requires use of conversational strategies from health care providers. Strategies are provided for issues pertaining to poor comprehension. The strategies promote more successful comprehension and compliance, offset mood disorder, and create ease in the way that health information may be accepted by the patient. 

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Enhancing Communication in Adults with Dementia and Age-Related Hearing Loss - Seminars in Hearing
Mamo, S. K., Oh, E., & Lin, F. R. (2017). Enhancing Communication in Adults with Dementia and Age-Related Hearing Loss. Seminars in hearing38(2), 177–183.

For many adults with dementia, age-related hearing loss is undiagnosed and/or untreated. Untreated hearing loss can exacerbate common dementia-related behavioural symptoms, such as depression, apathy, agitation. Despite the potential benefits to the individual and the family, pursuing and adopting hearing aids for persons with dementia presents with many challenges. We have found that some individuals show improvements in dementia-related problem behaviours and/or in measures of social engagement after brief aural rehabilitation interventions that provide non-custom amplification.
There are opportunities in this population to provide basic, simple strategies and make substantial improvements as long as we adopt approaches that bring the services to the people, instead of bringing the people to us in the audiology clinic.

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