This dementia care workshop continues the series, What the Hell are You Talking About?, where we teach you new ways and ideas to help you communicate and connect better with people who have Alzheimer’s disease and other kinds of dementia.
In this workshop, You. And Me, Myself, and I, Susan Macaulay of My Alzheimer’s Story shares communication strategies to help you better understand what is being said so that you can affirm and support while creating a more positive flow with your care partner.
Using real-life examples, Susan teaches us how to:
- Recognize projection and use it to get information
- Understand and work with nonstop talk
- Affirm and support
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As discussed in the workshop, to help you continue your educational process, here are the materials we mentioned:
- 20 Questions to ask when a loved one doesn’t recognize you anymore – article with handout to download, print, and reference when needed
- 10 Tips to Help You Communicate and Connect – article with handout to download
- Use BANGS to reduce anger and agitation – article discussing the points from our previous training
- Dementia Beyond Drugs – book recommendation
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Questions or thoughts? Let me know by commenting below:
mary ann ziobo says
Thank you……love truly is the communication most felt by my wife who has dementia.
i appreciated hearing your hard won experience that you are sharing thinking about issues like the communication of moods when my wife goes over and over memories of her brother and missing her elders who have passed away.
i have wanted to expand my ability to see more in my wife than the loss of my relationship with her as it used to be. the last couple of years have been filled with lots of grief and great sadness…..only now am i truly starting to embark on this journey with her.
so thank you.
Susan Macaulay (@AmazingSusan) says
Thank you so much for your heartfelt and joyful comment.
I too suffered a lot before I was able to change my perspective, and reframe the experience by learning new skills. living each day and moment as it comes and knowing that all things pass makes it so much easier to enjoy the person, the relationship that still exists with them, and their humanity.
I’m grateful to have been able to play even a small part in helping you to hold your wife’s hand on this journey.
I wish you both many good things until the very end.