September 18, 2014

Tools for assisting and communicating with people living with dementia

These resources are available for loan to members of AANSW - if you would like to reserve them please email the Library on
Running self-help groups in sheltered and extra care accommodation for people who live with dementia
The resource pack is a culmination of the lessons learnt through running a total of 72 weekly groups in three different extra care sites over a period of 18 months. It is a practical resource to assist group facilitators in setting up and running similar groups; it contains 50 ideas for activities, many of which were as a result of suggestions and ideas provided by the group participants themselves.

Stand by me : promoting good communication with people living with dementia and their families
This book and DVD is designed to support training and education programs on person-centred care for people living with dementia.  The films on the DVD provide a practical demonstration of the principles of person centred communication.  These can be used with this teaching resource to help staff improve their communication skills drawing on realistic situations.

How to communicate with Alzheimer's : a practical guide and workbook for families : how to connect with loved ones who have Alzheimer's, dementia, confusion, and memory loss
If you are living with someone who has Alzheimer’s, 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 Alzheimer’s, 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.

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