Learning to Speak Alzheimer's

Learning to Speak Alzheimer's

A Groundbreaking Approach for Everyone Dealing With the Disease

Book - 2003
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Joanne Koenig Coste, now a renowned pioneer in implementing positive methods of caring for Alzheimer's patients, began to develop her groundbreaking approach when her middle-aged husband was diagnosed with progressive dementia shortly after the birth of her fourth child. As she struggled to care for him and their family, she recognized that it was possible to avoid some of the tremendous emotional burdens Alzheimer's patients and their care providers endure during the course of the disease. In this book Koenig Coste explains the five tenets of her "habilitation" approach, an accessible and comprehensive plan proven to have worked with thousands of patients and care providers.
Refuting long-accepted ideas, she calls for care "partners" to join patients in their current sense of place or time; to encourage patients to use their remaining skills to support their sense of independence and dignity; and, most of all, to continue communicating with patients by focusing on their emotional "language." Learning to Speak Alzheimer's also offers hundreds of practical tips to ease life for everyone involved with Alzheimer's, including how to

- cope with the diagnosis and figure out if the patient wants to discuss it - respectfully stop the person from driving - make meal and bath times as pleasant as possible - adjust room design and lighting for the patient's comfort - deal with wandering, paranoia, and aggression - establish a plan of care

Learning to Speak Alzheimer's revolutionizes the way we perceive and deal with Alzheimer's disease.

Baker & Taylor
A pioneer in the care and treatment of Alzheimer's introdcues her groundbreaking approach to dealing with the disease, offering a five step approach to caring for people with progressive dementia while offering hundreds of practical tips that can make less threatening.

Book News
This guide for families presents an approach to caring for people with Alzheimer's disease that emphasizes the importance of communicating with patients by focusing on their emotional language. Topics include, for example, understanding the diagnosis, respectfully stopping the patient from driving, establishing a plan of care, and enriching the patient's life. Supplemental information found in the appendix includes listings of support organizations and home health care products. Coste is a board member of the American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

& Taylor

A new approach to dealing with Alzheimer's disease offers a five step method for caring for people with progressive dementia, while offering hundreds of practical tips to ease life for patients and caregivers.

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2003
ISBN: 9780618221257
Branch Call Number: 362.19683 COS
Characteristics: xv, 240 p. : ill. ; 21 cm


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