Desmond is a 63-year-old male in the early stages of dementia. He is having difficulties with verbal

 
   

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 Desmond is a 63-year-old male in the early stages of dementia. He is having difficulties with verbal communication. He gets some words wrong, others he does not pronounce correctly and mumbles quite a lot. As a result he gets frustrated and tends to give up. He is sometimes heard to say “it doesn’t matter’ as he walks away. What verbal and non-verbal communication strategies might you use to improve engagement? Provide at least five examples.