Dementia Dictionary

What Is The Language of Dementia? #

The journey of dementia will be different for every person because we are all individuals, all will have different life experiences, personalities and histories. With over 200 recognised types of dementia, people will be impacted dependant apon the type of dementia they have and each dementia will mean that their personal journey will be slightly different to people that have other forms of dementia.
However, it is now recognised that most people who have dementia will start to have challenges with communicating in the way they have throughout their lives. As people with dementia start to lose the capacity to verbally communicate, they will find new ways to communicate using

• Emotions
• Body language
• Behaviours
• Noises
• Actions

These changes in communication are the start of a new language, the ‘Language of Dementia’. This new language, that is also a universal language, is adopted in every care setting, in every country, around the world. This website is dedicated to translating this new language and giving these interpretations back to the world.


Dictionary that is built on first-hand experiences.

Access the dictionary here Home – Dementia Dictionary

The content written within the Dementia Dictionary is driven by the thousands of Dementia Interpreters (see partners page) that are committed to translating the ‘Language of Dementia’. We all have a need to stay connected to the amazing people that have dementia and through discussions, we can interpret the meaning and translate what and why the person is doing something and then transform into an understandable language.

Every person in every culture has a need to communicate and we do this every day without thinking and in most cases it will not be the words that we speak that will communicate how we feel. The clothes we wear, the home we live in, the car we drive, the food we eat and so much more communicates something about us. As human beings, we naturally interpret these forms of communications and unintentionally translate them and make assumptions about a person.

But why is translating this language so important? #

Doctors are basically interpreters; they interpret what the body is communicating and translate symptoms to direct them to which illness the person may have. Through these translations they can then prescribe the right medication or decide the next stages to make the person well again. Without having the ability to translate the symptoms, people would not live as healthy and long life as we do today. Over time, these interpretations have become clearer, and doctors now have the ability to translate what the body is telling them earlier and improve outcomes for the people they serve.
Translating the Language of Dementia is just as important, we need to stay connected longer with our loved ones and make the journey of dementia as inclusive as possible, interpretations will continually develop over time but one day we will have a full dictionary that will improve the lives for all.
Translations are published into the Dementia Dictionary for the good of everybody and you can access them freely on this website.

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