Caregiver’s Guide to Creating Memory and Communication Supports for People with Dementia
By Alyssa M. Lanzi, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, and Michelle Bourgeois, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
If you have cared for someone with dementia, you know firsthand how challenging it can be to have a conversation and engage with that person meaningfully. How can family members, who may not have professional training, address these challenges and improve the lives of their loved ones?
Outlined in this free, family-friendly guide are the information and resources for developing individualized memory books and reminder cards to enhance the language and memory skills of your loved one. Each chapter guides you through the process of selecting, designing, and using memory supports for different purposes.
The ultimate goals of this guide are for you to develop memory supports that are customized to your loved one’s needs and for you to have a clearer understanding of how these memory books and reminder cards can be used in everyday life.
Individuals with dementia can have meaningful conversations if provided the necessary and personalized supports to do so. We hope this guide will be of help to you and your loved ones.
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Presenting a wide array of evidence-based examples, this practical guide to communication and memory aids contains all the information needed to develop personalized supports for any individual and every circumstance. The resources featured here will significantly improve the ability of people with dementia and related memory impairments to stay connected, engaged, and functioning at their optimal level of independence. From low-tech options such as memory wallets, memo boards, planners, and reminder cards to commercial products available through electronic technologies, these simple but powerful tools help to provide conversation prompts, answers to common questions, and reminders for daily living.
Full-color illustrations and simple instructions for creating various memory and communication tools are included. PLUS: More than 30 downloadable guides and templates to use or customize!Add to cart