NZ Framework for Dementia Care


Category: People Affected by Dementia - Managing Symptoms
Updated on: 11-Jun-2016

Research is underway to learn more about maintaining conversations between people with dementia and their conversation partners.
This project is being carried out by Associate Professor Helen Southwood PhD, Director, Speech and Language Therapy and Annabel Grant MHSc (Hons), a Clinical Educator & Lecturer in the Speech and Language Therapy Programme at Massey University.
Project Description and Invitation
The overall aim of this study is to identify conversational behaviours that help and hinder communication between you and your partner living with dementia.  Maintaining conversation skills can improve the overall quality of life of individuals with dementia. Keeping communication going helps people retain their sense of self.  Providing supports to improve communication may increase engagement and reduce levels of frustration during conversations. 

This project will involve filling out an online survey about your experiences with supports for communication. We hope to gain an understanding of the communication supports that are available to you and identify supports you feel would be valuable but are not available. This information will help us develop more individualised and accessible supports for individuals living with dementia and their conversation partners. 

We would be very grateful if you would consider participating in this project.

Link to survey for people living with dementia.

Link to survey for conversation partners of people living with dementia.

Contributor: Annabel Grant - 17 May 2017, 2:10 PM