Supplemented by more than 30 downloadable guides, templates, and other memory aids for dementia
From low-tech options such as memory wallets, memo boards, planners, and reminder cards to commercial products available through new electronic technologies, these simple but powerful tools help to provide conversation prompts, answers to common questions, and reminders for daily living. Confusion, anxiety, frustration, and challenging behaviors melt away when individuals are able to
- communicate their needs and preferences to caregivers
- remember important names, places, and appointments
- complete tasks unassisted
- engage in meaningful conversations and social interactions
- recall past events and achievements
- preserve their dignity and identity
Full-color illustrations and simple instructions for creating various memory aids for dementia and other communication tools are included. Abundant examples of useful content and formats are supplemented by more than 30 downloadable guides and templates to use or customize.
Speech-language pathologists, occupational and physical therapists, activity directors, direct care staff, and family members interacting with adults with memory impairments will welcome this practical and life-enhancing resource.
Dr. Bourgeois’ text is a perfect example of translational research. Her interventions are evidence based (and an impressive base of evidence it is). Most importantly, from the point of view of clinicians and caregivers, these interventions are highly effective in real world settings. They can be used immediately, across an extremely wide range of settings and challenging behaviors associated with dementia and other forms of cognitive deficits. I refer to this work whenever I provide training in the care of persons with cognitive disabilities, and continue to receive feedback as to the practicality and success of Dr. Bourgeois’ interventions. Truly, there is only one relevant question regarding the contents of this exceptional book – Why aren’t you using it?
~ Cameron J. Camp, Ph.D., Director, Center for Applied Research in Dementia
Memory and Communication Aids for People with Dementia by Michelle Bourgeois is an extremely readable and practical guide to managing memory. The strategies and suggestions offered in this book are rooted in research evidence and real-world experience. Goals for supporting memory and communication, and methods of implementing goals are clear and user-friendly. I highly recommend this book! It will be a huge resource for speech-language pathologists, other health care providers and family members of people with dementia.
~ Nina Simmons-Mackie, Ph.D., BC-ANCDS, Department of Health & Human Services, Southeastern Louisiana University
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