Retaining a sense of self

What is it?

Giving those living with dementia prompts and clues that help them to remember who they are, what they are doing and why they are doing it.

Why is it important?

People living with the later stages of dementia often begin to lose their sense of identity and prompts about name and context are useful reminders.

Making clear what is happening and why helps people to understand what is going on and reduces anxiety.

It also provides a context that may help make an activity easier and more meaningful. Remember also that people change – allow for this change, and for growth in the individual.