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 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

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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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Memory and Communication Aids for People with Dementia

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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