Connecting the Dots: Breakthroughs in Communication as Alzheimer's Advances [NOOK Book]

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If you have a loved one in the middle or late stages of Alzheimer's disease, you know how frustrating and difficult it can be to communicate. But it's not impossible to maintain a real relationship with your friend or family member, even as his or her Alzheimer's advances.

In more than sixteen years of work with Alzheimer's patients and their families, author Judith London has learned how to 'connect the dots' of scattered information offered by people with Alzheimer's so that ...

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Connecting the Dots: Breakthroughs in Communication as Alzheimer's Advances

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Overview


If you have a loved one in the middle or late stages of Alzheimer's disease, you know how frustrating and difficult it can be to communicate. But it's not impossible to maintain a real relationship with your friend or family member, even as his or her Alzheimer's advances.

In more than sixteen years of work with Alzheimer's patients and their families, author Judith London has learned how to 'connect the dots' of scattered information offered by people with Alzheimer's so that loved ones can understand the depth of feeling still present in them. Connecting the Dots reveals London's practical techniques for decoding the language of Alzheimer's to improve communication. With this book as your guide, you can better navigate your relationship with your loved one and keep a meaningful connection.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608825073
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
  • Publication date: 12/2/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 232
  • File size: 384 KB

Meet the Author


Foreword writer Jane E. Brody writes the Personal Health column for The New York Times and is author of several books, including Jane Brody's Guide to the Great Beyond, Jane Brody's Good Food Book, Jane Brody's Nutrition Book, and Jane Brody's Good Seafood Book.


Judith L. London, PhD, is a psychologist licensed in New York and California who has treated people with Alzheimer's and other dementias in public long-term care facilities for more than sixteen years. She has been adjunct professor at New York University, a stress management trainer and workshop leader, and a featured columnist on addictions. London conducts seminars on Alzheimer's disease, dementia, and maintaining brain health.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Foreword xi

Introduction 1

Part I Connecting and Communicating

Chapter 1 Making a Connection: Shall We Dance? 7

Chapter 2 Where Do I Start? Setting the Stage 11

Chapter 3 You Say I'm Shouting? Hearing and Visual Difficulties 23

Chapter 4 But You Just Said That! Beyond Repetition, Repetition, Repetition 31

Chapter 5 Did You Hear the One About...? Styles of Communication 41

Chapter 6 What Have I Lost? More about Loss and Forgetfulness 49

Chapter 7 Who Can I Turn To? Prayer, Song, and Spiritual Connection 59

Chapter 8 I Feel So Troubled: Anxiety and Depression 67

Chapter 9 Who are You Talking To? Dealing with Delusions 79

Chapter 10 How Do I Look? Appearance Still Counts 85

Chapter 11 But Where Do I Go? Memory Inconsistencies 95

Chapter 12 How Do I Say Good-Bye? Leaving Until the Next Time 101

Part II Deliving Deeper

Chapter 13 Back to Basics: About Alzheimer's and Dementia 111

Chapter 14 More on Memory: The Good News 129

Chapter 15 How Do I Get My Loved One to Change? Managing Ordinary to Challenging Behavior 139

Chapter 16 How about You? Care for the Caregiver 151

Chapter 17 I Have a Voice Inside: A Note of Thanks 165

Appendix 169

Glossary of Terms 183

Recommended Resources 185

References 195

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