Page 28 - TalkingCareMagazine_Online Issue4
P. 28

Dementia and language
Problems with language can occur in all forms of demen a. This is because the diseases that cause demen a can affect the parts of the brain that control language. How and when language problems develop will depend on the individual, as well as the type of demen a and the stage it is at. These problems will also vary day to day.
One sign that a person's language is being affected by demen a is that they can't find the right words. They may use a related word (e.g. 'book' for 'newspaper'), use subs tutes for words (e.g. 'thing to sit on' instead of chair) or may not find any word at all. Another sign is that they may con nue to have fluent speech, but without any meaning ­ for example, they may use jumbled up words and grammar. Demen a can also affect the person's ability to make an appropriate response, either because they may not understand what you have said or meant.
There may eventually come a  me when the person can hardly communicate at all using verbal language. This can be distressing for them and those suppor ng them, but there are ways to maintain communica on and support the person to express themselves.
Demen a can also affect a person's cogni ve abili es. A person with demen a may have slower speed of thought, or not be able to understand complex ideas. This can also affect their ability to communicate. For example, they may take longer to process thoughts and therefore work out how to respond to what is being said.
  Courtesy of the Alzheimer’s Society

   26   27   28   29   30