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Dementia Talking

Dementia Talking Research Project

Care for people with dementia and their families is a growing social challenge. As the number of older people increases so too does the number of people living with dementia. The Dementia Talking project focuses on communication as this aspect of dementia care is a significant problem for people with dementia and their carers.

British Academy LogoThe Dementia Talking project was  funded through a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship awarded to Prof Elizabeth Peel, from September 2011 to September 2012.

The aim of Dementia Talking is to understand how talk about, and to, people with dementia is constructed, with the goal of improving communication with people with dementia. Dementia is a challenging group of conditions often linked to decline, decay and deficiency. In contrast, this research has a positive focus on care, conversation and communication.

The Dementia Talking project focuses on these questions:

  • How is dementia represented in society?
  • How are people with dementia communicated with and about?
  • How can the communication strategies of people with dementia and their carers be understood, improved and facilitated?
  • In what ways can communication through everyday conversation improve the care of people with dementia?

In order to answer these questions we are exploring three types of talk about dementia:

  • Newspaper articles.
  • Interviews with carers about their views about communication and care.
  • Real life recordings of talk in peoples own homes, a specialist dementia care home and a memory clinic.

Project updates will continue to be provided on the Dementia Project website as Dementia Talking progresses. Updates will include short summaries of key findings from the project, and details of publications and talks about the research.

If you are interested in this research and would like to know more, get in touch with Elizabeth Peel by email on