How to Communicate with Alzheimer’s
A Practical Guide and Workbook for Families
How to connect with loved ones who have
Alzheimer’s, dementia, confusion and memory loss
by Susan Kohler, MS, CCC-SLP
Connected Hearts LLC Co-Founder
Published in 2004, Susan’s book was the first to focus on communication, proclaiming that communication, is the heart of caregiving. The book’s format was carefully designed to be easy to read, understand and encourage the use of strategies that lead to good communication practices found in the book. These good communication practices, in turn, are proven to create safety and cooperation with care. Not only that, but a clear-cut benefit of using the communication strategies Susan illustrates in her book, lead to an emotional connection, a heartfelt connection experienced by both the person living with dementia and the caregiver. This connection can be easily interpreted by caregivers who are family members, friends, paid caregivers and persons from all disciplines of healthcare.
Susan was inspired to write this book years ago as she became aware of the burden caregivers experience in their daily efforts due to the communication breakdown between themselves and the person in their care. It is well reported that the vast majority of caregivers state that the biggest burden of care is the demise of communication, leading to the loss of expression and behavioral flare-ups of unmet needs in the person living with dementia.
Susan’s book encourages the caregiver to have a greater understanding of the communication process and how using the strategies can alleviate the communication breakdowns. The strategies will create the emotional connection to enhance the interaction of the human spirit. And isn’t that why we are all here – to make meaningful connections with one another?
Let’s all Get Connected! And to help you get started, for a limited time, Connected Hearts is offering How to Communicate with Alzheimer’s, normally priced at $17.95, for just $10.79. Order one today and begin cultivating a strong communication practice – with everyone!
Hear from some of our readers…
“Your wonderful, wonderful book! I am just knocked out by this book. It is just what I need…and I am passing it along to my family. It’s great! Everyone is benefiting around my Dad.”
— D.W, Caregiver
“Communication is a human bond, when broken by Alzheimer's, the loss can break the spirit. Susan's book gives us hope and skills to keep the bond intact.”
— Z.L., MD
“This book will fill a void in the literature of Alzheimer’s caring.”
— J.W., Volunteers, Alzheimer’s Association
“I believe—a must read for anybody that deals with a person having such a terrible disease, especially professional people that work as caregivers with many different patients.”
— F.Z., Family Caregiver
“It truly helps you to understand your loved one who is suffering and it helps you to understand your delicate role as the caretaker. If you are dealing with a loved one with Alzheimer's this book is a tremendous resource from beginning to end.”
— A.G., Radio Host
“Rather than focusing on what is lost, this book shines a light on what can be gained through meaningful communication and true respect for our elders. It's a definite must read!”
— In Review, Amazon Kindle
“A truly remarkable guide book presented in a most usable format!”
— D.R., Senior Citizen
“It is brilliant, no less. Your choice of format is ingenuous. To put it in any other form would demean its contents and purpose. It's my belief that wherever there is a need, this book will have a profound and significant impact. In my opinion, this book is elite resource material.”
— V.T., Friend of Alzheimer’s patient
“The emphasis of good communication is vitally important as demonstrated in this book. Ms. Kohler has taken the complexity of caring for Alzheimer’s patients and broken it down to simple, flexible strategies to improve the care of these individuals. It certainly will improve their lives as well as the lives of their caretakers.”
— R.L., MD
“The information was sufficient for me to confidently incorporate new techniques into the care of demented patients. Very effective, accessible, empowering and enthusiastic.”
— D. W., Volunteer Caregiver
“It was very inspiring and these strategies have been endlessly helpful, professionally and personally!”
— A.C., University Student
“This book offers ways to facilitate communication with positive solutions, creative ideas, and sensible strategies that we all must learn to build a healthy foundation of care.”
— A.M., MD
Connected Hearts e-Guides
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After reading and successfully applying the techniques in e-Guide #1, purchase any or all of the remaining e-Guides below for only $5.00 each. These techniques have helped caregivers and family members improve the quality of life for their loved ones suffering with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Now, for the first time, you can effectively help and communicate with people who are the effect of this stifling disease.
Purchase these e-Guides today.
The First and Most Important Communication Strategy
How do you create an environment of safety and cooperation with the person in your care? It all begins with good communication, and we can show you how!
Medical Conditions That Can Impair Communication
Did you know there are many medical conditions, besides dementia, that can make communicating difficult? This guide contains important information every caregiver should know.
The Deterioration of Communication Skills with Dementia
What happens to communication for the person living with dementia? Learn what to expect, how communication skills decline and an appreciation for the communication process.
Become an Active Listener
Why are we not communicating? Learn how to really listen, it will work wonders.
Communication Strengths of the Person with Dementia
Did you know the person living with Dementia has strengths you can tap into during care? Learn these valuable practices, and how to use them with caregiving.
Troubleshooting Difficult Behavior
Looking for some tools to troubleshoot difficult behaviors? Look no further… this guide can help.
What Can We Do Together?
Looking for ideas, activities, conversational openers? We’ve got quite a few for you and some clever jokes, too!
Say a Prayer
We all need inspirational support. We have some powerful suggestions for you.
Simple Easy Steps to Meditation
Need a simple retreat? Learn the simple way to meditate and relieve stress, no matter where you are.