A new toolkit of tips has been launched to help people talk to friends and relatives with dementia. The number of people suffering from the disease is expected to double in the next 40 years as we all live longer. But new research suggests many of us are too scared to talk to people with dementia.
"We know there is a stigma associated with dementia and people are fearful of trying to communicate with those with the condition as they don't know what to say or how to respond to what might be perceived as unusual behaviour.
"Communicating with someone with dementia can present challenges, especially as the condition develops, but finding ways to maintain meaningful communication is the single most important way people can support those with dementia."
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