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Ann Corte Real Essay

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© McCarthy, Bernie, Jul 15, 2011, Hearing the Person with Dementia : Person-Centred Approaches to Communication for Families and Caregivers
Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London, ISBN: 9780857004994

Chapter 1

Communication

Sometimes it’s a struggle
We communicate to get a message across to others, to
share ideas with others and to find out what others
think and feel, to build intimacy, to share and solve
problems. Without the ability to communicate we
struggle to maintain a sense of relationship, connection
and psychological attachment to other people. This is
the difficulty faced by many people with impairment in
the area of communicating. They struggle to make us
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I hope this works for you.) It is not easy to
maintain an equal relationship, as the dementing illness
progressively affects the person’s ability to contribute
equally to the relationship.
The person-centred approach to communicating can
keep the focus on the person and the dementing illness
takes second place.
Before we go any further we need to look at how
the healthy brain works and what happens when the
brain is affected by dementia. In the next section we
will look at the brain, how it functions and how it helps
shape our experience of the world. Then there are a few
questions that will test your understanding.

Dementia and the brain
The person-centred approach values all aspects of the
person and this includes the biological health of the
person, especially their brain. A normal brain does
miraculous things to make us successful in our lives.
Take a moment to think about all the decisions you
have made today. You woke up, got out of bed, chose
some clothes to wear, dressed yourself, ate breakfast;
drove your car, walked, cycled or took public transport
to work.
This marvellous brain sits in your skull cavity and
is made up of billions of cells called neurons that send
electrical and chemical impulses (messages) throughout

© McCarthy, Bernie, Jul 15, 2011, Hearing the Person with Dementia : Person-Centred Approaches to Communication for Families and Caregivers
Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London, ISBN: 9780857004994

Chapter 1

Communication

Sometimes it’s a struggle
We communicate to get a message across to others, to
share ideas with others and to find out what others
think and feel, to build intimacy, to share and solve
problems. Without the ability to communicate we
struggle to maintain a sense of relationship, connection
and psychological attachment to other people. This is
the difficulty faced by many people with impairment in
the area of communicating. They struggle to make us
understand their inner experience, wants and needs, and
they struggle to understand what we want of them. We
struggle to understand them and get our message across
to them. The struggle is fraught with frustration and, at
times, tension; it can be wearing and numbing. And then
there are those moments of pure joy when both seem
to be thinking of the same thing, each connecting with
the other person and finding understanding. It seems so
easy then.
How we communicate has a profound effect on the
quality of our relationships, on the quality of our lives.
Whether you are a spouse or a paid carer, if you have a
relationship with someone who has dementia you may
be experiencing some of the difficulty of communicating
with your partner, loved one or friend, or client. (For
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© McCarthy, Bernie, Jul 15, 2011, Hearing the Person with Dementia : Person-Centred Approaches to Communication for Families and Caregivers
Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London, ISBN: 9780857004994

Chapter 2

Hearing the
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