Dementia can influence all aspects of a person’s life, including their relationships with family and friends.

If you have a relationship with somebody who has been diagnosed with dementia, it is very likely that there will be a significant change to the bond that you share.

Increases in irritability and frustration whilst completing everyday tasks can exacerbate this, as well as difficult accepting the situation becoming an obstacle.

To ensure that the relationship remains strong, it is important that communication is constantly established and that you are aware of how the other person is feeling.

It is possible to tailor your approach to their preference and employ techniques that will make it easier for you to connect. For example, helpful reminders, allowing time to respond, and using open body language.

It’s important to remember that everyone experiences dementia differently, but with the right help and support, relationships can still be positive and engaging.