Communicating across dementia: How to talk, listen, provide stimulation and give comfort

From the April/May 2016 issue of our magazine, Janet Baylis, Manager of our Dementia Knowledge Centre, reviews Communicating across dementia: How to talk, listen, provide stimulation and give comfort by Stephen Miller.

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Like our book group title, this recently published book seeks to explain how we can learn to communicate well when someone close to us is diagnosed with dementia.

 

The author acknowledges that living with, caring for or even staying friends with a person with dementia involves challenges, particularly as the condition progresses. Many of us will need help along the way to manage the situation well.

 

He believes it is up to us to make the necessary changes, and the book explains how we can do this in a straightforward way.

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Old ways of conversation may no longer work, and the emphasis should shift to non-verbal communication. This can make use of facial expressions, gestures, posture and touch, and signals in how we speak such as in tone, volume and speed of voice.

Acquiring good communication skills is vital to avoid frustration and reduce stress levels, for the person with dementia and the carer.

Communicating across dementia: How to talk, listen, provide stimulation and give comfort by Stephen Miller, Robinson (2015), 224 pages, £9.99, ISBN: 9781845285708.

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