Understanding Language

Language refers to the understanding and use of a spoken, written, or other communication system. It enables us to express ourselves and understand others. Effective communication involves taking information “in” which is called ‘receptive language’, and getting information “out”, called ‘expressive language’. There are several different areas of the brain involved in language, and dementia may impact one’s ability to get the information “in”, get the information “out”, or both. Some of the changes in language are specific to the type of dementia the person has – in some, language is well preserved, while in others it is lost earlier in the disease. 

In this section, we will cover:

  • Receptive Language
  • Expressive Language
  • Language in Combination with Other Abilities