Dignity and Communication in older people

Key learning points

  • Understanding what dignity is, and its importance in well being as we age
  • Consequences of the loss of dignity, both for people with dementia and for their carers
  • Understanding how communication can change throughout the stages of dementia, and how this can impact on dignity
  • Strategies for improving communication to help transform quality of life and dignity for people with dementia
  • How dignity can be compromised, but also restored or maintained, as dementia progresses
  • Ways of maintaining dignity when people with dementia present with various challenging behaviours