Maintaining the Connection
Maintaining the Connection

Part 3: Verbal vs Nonverbal Communication

Communication is both verbal and nonverbal. Both means of communication are important, but nonverbal communication becomes an even more valuable tool when dealing with memory issues, especially in the late stages of dementia.

Watching other people and their body language helps us to understand a conversation better, as so much of our language can have different meanings depending on how it is stated.

Here’s a look at the detailed differences between verbal and non-verbal communication.  Download and print a copy of the activity sheet.  Take a few moments to review the information.

Verbal vs Non-Verbal Communication


For Reflection...

After you’ve read the activity sheet, take a few minutes to reflect on the following questions.  Feel free to make some notes.

  • What stood out to you as you read the information? What surprised you?
  • What does all this mean for you as a care partner as you connect with the person you are caring for?
  • Now that you’ve reviewed the activity sheet, what will you continue to do in your role as a care partner? What will you stop or do differently?


More Learning Resources

Communication - Day to Day Series

Enhancing Communication: A By Us For Us Guide