Underlying Beliefs and Principles

DemTalk is not produced with the intention of being a set of hard and fast 'rules' that are set in stone. 

It is designed to be a dynamic tool, adaptable to different contexts and to the needs of individuals which, of course, vary enormously. That said, it is possible to draw up a statement of agreed principles which would underlie guides and inform good communication practice. 

DemTalk is therefore based on the following: 

  • what we know about the nature and importance of communication.
  • beliefs about the effects of dementia on communication.
  • beliefs about the communicative needs of people living with dementia.