Receptive language is our ability to understand information that is being taken in. This is important as it allows the person to be able to understand the meaning of what is being said to them, and what they read as well as to understand numbers, words, phrases, sentences, and paragraphs. For example, listening to parts of this presentation, and reading the notes that go with it – that’s ‘receptive language’.
Dementia may impact the person’s ability to understand language so that they may have trouble making sense of what is said to them and what they read. Certain situations can make understanding even more difficult for the participant. For example: