Conversation is very important to everybody, including people with dementia. It’s how we have relationships, and it can make us feel happy, involved and cared for.
A person with dementia can often remember people, places and events from the past more easily than recent events. They may forget recent events too quickly to talk about them, but enjoy talking about photographs, memories, music or films from the past. Try asking questions about their past, and listen carefully to the answers. By doing this you can help to make your relative with dementia feel loved and involved.
This information was updated in November 2019 and is due for review in November 2021. Please contact us if you would like a version with references.