January 20, 2016

communication with a person living with dementia - do's and don'ts , dealing with repetition and starting a conversation

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
MemoryBanc® : your workbook for organizing life

Secure your financial and online assets with MemoryBanc Your Workbook For Organizing Life.
MemoryBanc makes it easy to document accounts, usernames, and medical history so they can be easily found or shared should they ever be needed by a spouse or loved one. It also helps couples that divide and conquer stay on the same page and gives individuals a way to easily hand over important information should it ever be needed. With the help of MemoryBanc, readers no longer have to store their information in their heads, on their phones, in a file, or under a keyboard―they now have one place that captures it all. Find out how easily it is to secure your assets with MemoryBanc Your Workbook For Organizing Life.

Talking to Alzheimer's : simple ways to connect when you visit with a family member or friend by Claudia J Strauss
Alzheimer's can have a devastating impact on a patient's close relationships and all too often, family members and friends feel so uncomfortable that they end up dreading visits, or simply give up trying to stay in contact with the patient. This book offers a wealth of practical things you can do to stay connected with the Alzheimer's patient in your life. It offers straightforward suggestions and invaluable do's and don'ts, with advice on everything from dealing effectively with the inevitable repetition that occurs in conversations with an Alzheimer's patient to helpful strategies for saying no to unrealistic demands. It also includes thoughtful tips to remind you to take care of your own feelings and suggestions for helping children become comfortable with visiting and Alzheimer’s sufferer.

Memory books and other graphic cuing systems : practical communication and memory aids for adults with dementia

Learn how to help people with memory impairments function more independently and effectively by using graphic cuing systems- 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. 

 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. 

 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.

Michelle S Bourgeois, Memory and communication aids for people with dementia

The approach taken by Michelle Bourgeois in this new publication is an inherently practical one, aimed at clinicians, care providers and family carers to assist effective communication with people they support, who live with dementia. The book starts by examining the role of memory aids and books as a compensatory system to remedy memory deficits, as an alternative to repetitive ‘drilling’, or developing strategies for remembering information in people experiencing changes in their memory. The author discusses the importance of reading in the process of using memory aids, as well as how the physical characteristics of the aid itself may affect its impact. Furthermore, she points out the importance of staff buy in and training when ensuring that memory aids are used as effectively as possible in the care setting.

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