Memory and Communication Aids for People with Dementia Book

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  • Memory & Communication Aids, authored by Michelle S. Bourgeois, CCC-SLP
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Picture-based memory books and communication aids help reduce confusion and anxiety for people with Alzheimer's Disease and other dementias. 

Memory Books and Communication Aids for People with Dementia by Michelle Bourgeois is a guide book that provides both the theory and instructions for creating visual aids that improve the ability of adults with memory and cognitive loss 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. Updated for 2013, this practical guide describes how therapists and caregivers can create and use visual aids such as memory wallets, planners, memo boards, and cue cards to prompt conversation, answer common questions, and provide reminders for daily living, using pictures and words. Includes many examples of content and format as well as access to more than 30 downloadable templates to use or customize.

By Michelle S. Bourgeois, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Health Professions Press, paperback, approx. 135 pages, 2013

Introduction: Memory Aids for a Variety of Purposes: Beyond Conversation

 1. The Continuing Evolution of Memory Books

 2. Using Memory Aids to Enhance Conversation

 3. Using Memory Aids to Enhance Orientation

 4. Using Memory Aids to Enhance Communication of Wants, Needs, and Safety

 5. Using Memory Aids to Increase Engagement and Activity

 6. Using Memory Aids to Modify Challenging Behaviors

 7. Using Memory Aids in Adult Day, Assisted Living, and Long-Term Care Settings

 8. Using Memory Aids in the Home Environment: Helping Family Members Make and Use Memory Aids

About the Author

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. 

 "This book provides an excellent rationale for the use of compensatory supports for people with memory loss. In addition, the book, and the associated web resources, contain outstanding examples of these supports as well as guidance for staff and family members to make use of them for people to support memory, communication, orientation and social engagement. This is a must have book for professionals who provide services for people with memory loss and for faculty who prepare these professionals."

David Beukelman, Ph.D., Department of Special Education & Communication Disorders, University of Nebraska, Lincoln



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