Dementia Dictionary
Dementia Dictionary
My mum won't use an adapted plastic cup

If you are using a ceramic cup whilst drinking with her, she is telling you that she doesn't want to be different.

Try using the same plastic cup and make adapted products normal.

Working together to improve our understanding of Dementia.

One of the biggest challenges for people that work or live with people who have dementia is the progressive change in communication that occurs throughout the stages of the disease.  In most forms of dementia the ability to speak normally will be impaired and therefore the brain will find new ways to communicate via actions, noises, behaviours and body language, this is called the Language of Dementia. The Dementia Dictionary “a freely available service” allows us to translate these into a recognised language.  Working with a global network of Dementia Interpreters we will share experiences and ultimately help you to re-connect with the people that you support.

The Dictionary
A dictionary that is built on first hand experiences.

We believe the best people to help create the content of the Dementia Dictionary are the people who have 'first hand' experiences of supporting people with dementia. Care professionals (at every level and care setting) and families who have or are supporting people with dementia combined have so much knowledge to share that will be for the benefit of everyone.  

Through the global Dementia Interpreters forum, Dementia Interpreters will discuss different behaviours, noises, actions, emotions, body language and translate these into an understandable language.  These translations will then be published into the Dementia Dictionary.

Multiple Sources
Multiple Sources
Global networking through the Interpreter forum
Easy to browse
Easy to browse
Designed with accessibility in mind
Evolving translations
Evolving translations
Continually changing with new research
The Dementia Interpreters Forum
Driven by our Interpreter Forum

The Dementia forum allows us to pull information from people with all types of experience in Dementia, ensuring diverse discussion and more accurate definitions.

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Verified Dementia Interpreters
Verified Dementia Interpreters
Ensuring more accurate responses
Unique Badges
Unique Badges
For qualifications, contributions & more
For enhanced, accurate translations
Our Goal

What would your life be like if you lived in a place where no one spoke your language and you didn’t speak theirs?

How would you tell them what you wanted, explain that you have a need or show them what you are feeling?

People with dementia will start to form a new type of language using actions, behaviours, body language, noises or situations and this is called ‘The Language of dementia’.

Our goal is to translate this new communication into an understandable language and reconnect people with dementia to the world.

Dementia Interpreters Forum
Get Regular Access to Dementia Experts
& learn about your loved ones

Are you supporting someone with dementia and have questions that you would like advice about from skilled professionals? Would you like help to keep your loved ones at home as long as possible?

This subscription service is a forum that connects you to dementia interpreters across the globe.  You can ask questions, get advice, learn about services in your area or just have reassurance.  Cost: £6 per month via direct debit.

*Please note that we cannot answer anything medically about a person with dementia and you will be directed to a doctor for medication or medical advice* 

This service is confidential and fully GDPR compliant

Dementia Dictionary App
Keep up-to-date on the go!

The Dementia Dictionary and Dementia Interpreter Forum are now available as an app. It is completely FREE to download and you login using the same details as you would to access the forum online. Whenever you add a translation, comment, or make changes to your profile it will show up on the website and if you make the changes on the website, they will show on the app.

You can now access the Dictionary on the go and get the answers you need quicker than ever before. Dementia Interpreters can now take part in forum discussions on a smartphone through the app.

If you need to ask a question for other interpreters to help you understand, then do so from your phone and get them finding answers quicker.

To download the app you can use the QR codes provided on simply click the buttons below to get the app on your iPhone or Android today!

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This course made me realise what a dementia patient goes through, with impaired hearing and sight and the difficulties they must have when trying to communicate.

I will be more patient and understanding  

Maggie Larkham

Excellent practical’s, very awareness raising and enhancing thought and sensory awareness itself understanding residents.

Trainer very engaging, welcoming and knowledgeable, great interaction with group. Time taken to reflect.

Pam Waddington
Dane View Care Home

I think it's a good experience, also new knowledge about understanding people with dementia needs and communication

Maria Alexandra
Pembroke House

Good interactive training course, very informative.

I will have more patience and think of alternative ways to communicate more effectively.

Lauren Davies

The course was valuable in increasing my awareness around caring for people with dementia. 

I will pay more attention and give people more time 

Maxine Butler

Made me think about why people with dementia display certain types of behaviour.

I will look to take more time to understand reasons for persons behaviours 

Lydia La Polla
Wrexham County Borough Council

Excellent course, really enjoyed it.

I will respect residents a lot more and be more understanding of their situation

Kerry Kendall
Dane View

Communication is the foundation for everything we do so it is only right that this is the focus for training.

The course reiterates the need to approach everyone as an individual, give them the time, space and respect they require to communicate effectively.

Jenny Peckham
Essex County Council

Very eye opening!

Great amount of information and how to approach problems in the future to help persons with dementia.

I will use the information in my workplace and look out for different behaviours.

Charlee Bunting
Homecare Matters

Very informative and the trainer was very engaging.

Thank you for today!!

This session has encouraged me to demonstrate more patience with customers and relatives with dementia.

Lisa Warburton
Wrexham County Council