Using Memory Books and Other Memory Aids to Enhance the Communication and Memory of Persons with Dementia

Speaker(s): Michelle S. Bourgeois, Ph.D., CCC/SLP

Memory aids, such as memory books, memory wallets, planners, memo boards, and reminder cards, help people with memory impairment to function more independently and effectively. This practical seminar provides participants with all the skills they need to successfully develop and use memory aids, including how to

  • assess individuals’ reading, cognitive, and motor abilities to prescribe appropriate memory aids
  • identify the range of problems and concerns that can be addressed with memory aids
  • create a variety of memory aids useful for various situations
  • use memory aids with people with dementia to increase engagement and social interaction, reduce problem behaviors, and restore fading self-identity
  • evaluate the success of memory aids and modify them if necessary

This seminar is tailored to meet the needs of participants, whether they are professional caregivers working in nursing homes, assisted living centers, or adult day centers or family members caring for loved ones. Goal writing, reimbursement, and documentation issues can be discussed when requested.

The speaker will show examples of many types of memory aids, as well as encourage participants to share specific challenging cases for problem solving and hands-on learning.



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Related book: Memory and Communication Aids for People with Dementia

Seminar length:  2 hours-1 day

Number of participants:  15-200

Who will benefit from this seminar:  Speech-language pathologists, OTs and PTs, nurses, activity directors, direct care staff, and family caregivers interacting with people with dementia

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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 Alzheimer’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 (AHSA) and the Gerontological Society of America. She is currently the Past-President of the Alzheimer Resource Center of Tallahassee.