February 08, 2017

difficulty communicating with a person with dementia ...try these books

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Talking to Alzheimer's : simple ways to connect when you visit with a family member or friend

... 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 
it gives you list of what to say and what not to say ... 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...

A loving approach to dementia care : making meaningful connections with the person who has Alzheimer's disease or other dementia or memory loss by Laura Wayman

..this program of care emphasizes communication, affirmative response, and empowerment—transforming the caregiving process from a burden into a fulfilling journey. Her true stories of caregiving illustrate the principles of this loving approach, giving readers essential tools for connecting with people who have dementia. 

Hearing the person with dementia : person centred approaches to communication for families and caregivers 

Losing the ability to communicate can be a frustrating and difficult experience for people with dementia, their families and carers.
 As the illness progresses, the person with dementia may find it increasingly difficult to express themselves clearly, and to understand what others say.

Written with both family and professional carers in mind, this book clearly explains what happens to communication as dementia progresses, how this may affect an individual's memory, language and senses, and how carers might need to adapt their approach as a result. 
... communicating with people who can no speak or move easily, and strategies for communicating more effectively in specific day-to-day situations, including at mealtimes, whilst helping the person with dementia to bathe or dress, and whilst out and about.

Keeping in touch : with someone who has Alzheimer's

If someone that you love has dementia, don't believe the popular view that they are lost to you forever, living in a world of their own. You CAN keep in touch.   
...the book  gives practical ideas for how we can involve someone we love in our daily activities by showing you how to work with the skills the person still has and not focus on the deficits.. 

Connecting the dots : breakthroughs in communication as Alzheimer's advances 

If you have a loved one in the middle or late stages of Alzheimer's disease, you know how frustrating and difficult it can be to communicate. 

But it's not impossible to maintain a real relationship with your friend or family member, even as his or her Alzheimer's advances.
 In more than sixteen years of work with Alzheimer's patients and their families, author Judith London has learned how to 'connect the dots' of scattered information offered by people with Alzheimer's so that loved ones can understand the depth of feeling still present in them. 

Connecting the Dots reveals London's practical techniques for decoding the language of Alzheimer's to improve communication. With this book as your guide, you can better navigate your relationship with your loved one and keep a meaningful connection. 

Lost words

Lost Words has more than 290 pictures and their corresponding words. The book is spiral-bound for ease of constant use. There are also a few plastic pockets for keeping photographs in, plus a few pages for personal notes.

There are a lot of people, who for different reasons, have difficulty finding the right words for things. 

There are also many, like some dementia and stroke patients, who have completely lost the ability to speak. For everyone involved, this book can be of great help to both patients and caregivers.

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