Underlying Beliefs and Principles

DemTalk was not developed to be a set of hard and fast ‘rules’ that are set in stone. It is designed to be an adaptable tool, changing in different contexts and with the variable needs of individuals. That said, it is possible to agree principles that underlie, guide and inform good communication. 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