by Susan Kohler, MS, CCC-SLP
If you are living with someone who has Alzheimers, dementia, confusion or memory loss, you know just how difficult the simple act of communication can be between you and your loved one. This book can help. How to Communicate with Alzheimers, by Susan Kohler is a practical guide and workbook for families. Susan, a licensed Speech Pathologist shares her experience and knowledge of communication strategies in caring for persons with dementia. Susan has over 15 years experience working "in the trenches" with the elderly population in hospitals, home and adult day care settings. Using this book, the reader will learn about the communication process, why it is so important in caregiving, the problems in communication, and useful techniques to facilitate communication. The reader will also learn creative ideas, activities, solutions and sensible strategies to help families build a healthy foundation of care. The book is easy to read and contains many of the authors personal anecdotes with compelling black and white photographs.
Topics covered include:
- Whats so important about communication?
- How the communication process deteriorates
- Communication strengths
- Communication strategies
- Troubleshooting difficult behaviors
- Your role as an advocate
- Ideas for interaction and activities
- Where to go for help
- A simple how-to format
- Spiral bound to lay flat
- Chapter headings easy to locate
- Reference guide at the end of chapters
- Compelling black and white photographs