Feeling frustrated


  • Winter 2019
  • Ask the experts

My husband has recently been diagnosed with dementia. I am really having trouble communicating with him the way I used to, and i tend to get frustrated and angry with him because of it. Do you have any tips on how I can better community with him?

One of the impacts of dementia can be communication challengers, which can lead to frustration. This is often part of the disease process and not deliberate behaviour on the part of the person living with dementia. There are a few things you can do to try and make communicating easier:

  • Keep sentences short and simple, conveying one idea at a time.
  • Try not to argue. Do take a moment out if you feel yourself getting frustrated.
  • Allow time for the person to understand and respond.
  • Consider the environment you are in and try and reduce distractions, e.g. turning off the radio and/or TV.


Answered by Maree McCabe

CEO, Dementia Australia


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