Conversation is a process of ‘give and take’. It is central to sharing meaning, to helping people keep a sense of themselves and to fully participating in life.

Most people living with dementia engage less in conversation as their illness progresses. This may be a result of problems that the person living with dementia is experiencing (for example their attention may wander). It may also be because others find it difficult to know how to interact with them and tend to limit their conversation to very basic subject matter.

Certain relatively simple strategies can be employed to make conversation more satisfying for both parties.