October 22, 2014

Handbooks for memory and communication

These resources are available for loan to members of AANSW - if you would like to reserve them please email the Library on nsw.library@alzheimers.org.au
Memory handbook : a practical guide to living with memory problems
Alzheimer's Society UK
The memory handbook is for people with mild memory problems. It explains briefly how memory works, and is full of practical suggestions about living with these difficulties. Many of the ideas are suggestions from people who are also having problems with their memory. Others come from carers or are based on research. There are also some practical 'memory tools', to help you put in place the strategies and techniques set out in this handbook. The memory handbook includes the following sections:
•Understanding your memory •Memory problems •Coping with memory problems •Memory aids •Memory strategies •A healthy lifestyle •Help from others

***The library holds multiple copies of this resource for Support Groups***

Memory books and other graphic cuing systems : practical communication and memory aids for adults with dementia
by Michelle S. Bourgeois
Learn how to help people with memory impairments function more independently and effectively by using graphic cuing systems. Based on years of research, these visual and written aids function as memory supports, improving communication and quality of life for adults with dementia and related memory impairments. Memory aids, such as memory books, memory wallets, planners, memo boards, and reminder cards, help to reduce the confusion, anxiety, and frustration often experienced by people with dementia. Usually created with a combination of words and pictures, the aids serve as conversation prompts, answers to common questions, and reminders for daily living. These tools not only help enhance conversation with older adults, but they also increase engagement and social interaction, communicate needs and preferences to caregivers, reduce problem behaviors, restore users’ fading self identity. This practical guidebook clearly illustrates the research behind memory aids and the benefits they provide users and communication partners. Readers will learn how to determine the optimal memory aid for an older adult, develop the tool, and successfully implement it. The book includes simple instructions for creating a wide variety of graphic cuing systems, with innumerable examples of useful content and format. Additional tools include forms and templates to photocopy, a list of sources for materials, and instructions and patterns for creating portable, wearable memory aids.

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
by Susan Kohler
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 is a practical guide and workbook for families. The author is a licensed Speech Pathologist and she 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 author’s personal anecdotes with compelling black and white photographs.

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