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Memory and Communication Aids for People with Dementia

by Michelle S. Bourgeois Health Professions Press
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Pbk 160 pages
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Use the ingenious communication and memory aids featured in this practical guide to significantly improve the ability of people with dementia and related memory impairments to stay connected, engaged, and functioning at their optimal level of independence. Presenting a wide array of evidence-based examples, Memory and Communication Aids for People with Dementia contains all the information needed to develop personalized supports for any individual and every circumstance.

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 and 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.

Formerly published as Memory Books and Other Graphic Cuing Systems, this completely revised edition features many updates and improvements:

-Troubleshooting tips to increase the use and acceptance of communication aids
-New methods for evaluating and supporting reading skills
-Improved, full-color graphics
-Use of computer-based technologies and systems (e.g., tablets, smart phones, e-readers)
-New resources to involve families in creating memory and communication aids
-Adaptations for non-English speakers and people who are deaf, blind, or visually impaired
-Enhanced focus on therapeutic goal setting and rehabilitating communication of wants, needs, and safety
Michelle S. Bourgeois, Ph.D., CCC/SLP, is currently Professor in the Department of Communication Disorders, College of Communication, an Affiliate of the Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy at the Florida State University, and the Co-Principal Investigator and Research Coordinator of the Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare Memory Disorders Clinic. She has received grants from the National Institutes of Aging (NIA) to investigate interventions for spousal and nursing home caregivers designed to improve the quality and quantity of communicative interactions with residents with dementia, to evaluate memory interventions for persons with dementia and traumatic brain injury, and to develop training programs for institutional caregivers. She also has received funding from the Alzheimerâ??s Association to systematically investigate the use of memory aids with persons with dementia residing at home and in institutional settings. A clinical researcher, Dr. Bourgeois has published numerous research articles and training manuals. Her Memory Book treatment was featured on a nationally syndicated public television program for the elderly entitled, "Agewise - Living Better," and her interactive CD-ROM training program for nursing aides received several awards. She was the Past-President of the Behavioral Gerontology Special Interest Group of the Association of Behavior Analysis, and she has served on the editorial boards of several professional journals. She is an active member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the Gerontological Society of America. She is currently the Past-President of the Alzheimer Resource Center of Tallahassee.