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Gerontology & Geriatrics Studies

Mode Shifts in Conversations with People with Dementia can Cause Confusion

Submission: August 10, 2019;Published: August 21, 2019

DOI: 10.31031/GGS.2019.04.000600

ISSN 2578-0093
Volume4 Issue5


We illustrate how speakers with dementia may shift the whole mode of a conversation as well as its topic or their role in it. This can confuse their unimpaired conversation partner if that partner is less aware of features of dementia discourse. Examples are drawn from three women with moderate Alzheimer’s disease who were living in the south-eastern United States. These examples demonstrate the range of coherence in dementia discourse and how the mode of the conversation can shift dramatically.

Keywords: Dementia; Alzheimer’s disease; Conversation; Dementia discourse

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