Communicating our needs, wishes and thoughts is vital. Dementia affects how we communicate, even in the early stages.  

We all need to communicate, it is part of our identity. We tend to think about communication as talking, yet over 90% of communication happens through non-verbal communication such as facial expression, gestures and touch.

Take your time. Be patient and understanding and keep your sense of humour, it helps!  Anonymous

Dementia affects how we communicate, each person's experience is different but there are tips and techniques to help. Read our factsheets for more information.

Factsheet on Communication

Factsheet on Understanding and Respecting the Person with Dementia

If you would like printed copies of these factsheets

Call:  1800 341 341 or


We post copies free of charge to family members and friends of people with dementia.

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About Alzheimer Ireland

The Society was founded in 1982 by a small group of people who were caring for a family member with Alzheimer's Disease or a related dementia. Find out what we docontact us and more

About our services

We offer a range of services for people with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia, their families and carers. All our services operate using the philosophy of person centred care.

Featured Events

Fundraising is an extremely important source of revenue for our services and takes place locally across Ireland as well as through national events and campaigns. We aim is to raise €5 million a year.


The Alzheimer Society of Ireland has, since it was founded, campaigned on behalf of people with dementia and their carers to improve the lives of all those affected by dementia.


We have many items available for sale through our shop. Buy these items will help raise much needed funds for The Society to continue providing vital service all around the country.


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