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How to Communicate with a Person with Dementia

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Our Experts have Dementia

Dementia Chats: Where voices of those diagnosed with dementia are heard.  

Dementia Chats™ was created with the intention to educate people living with dementia; their care partners – family, friends as well as professionals and advocates.  Our Experts are those diagnosed with dementia. We have been doing this series since July of 2012.

Today we had an interesting conversation regarding communication.  You will here from those diagnosed and what they think about all the tips given by “Professionals” to communicate with them.

You will gain insights which will help you care better.  Learn how their senses change, how their emotions and behaviors are affect by their surroundings and how that impacts them in their daily living.

Thank You To Our Experts Living With Dementia:

Michael Ellenbogen
Paulan Gordon
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Brian LeBlanc
Laurie Scherrer
Mary Howard
Susan Suchan
Harry Urban

Here are the links to “20 Sign Language Words”

Laurie Scherrer’s Website

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Living With The Daze Of Dementia, Plus Keeping Up With Medications!

Living With The Daze Of Dementia,

Plus Keeping Up With Medications!

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Our first guest is Laurie Scherrer who was diagnosed at age 55, with Early Onset Alzheimer’s and FTD (Frontotemporal Dementia), thus ending her career in sales and service.  Recently, Laurie and her husband, Roy made a series of videos on Sign Language for PWD (Persons With Dementia).  The videos are designed for PWD and their care partner to learn 19 signs that would be recognized by any American Sign Language interpreter.  They are meant to provide PWD with a visual form of communication when their verbal skills are weak.   Seven videos are available at dementiamentors.org or on Laurie’s Website DementiaDaze.com.

pillrite amryann picOur second guest is Mary Ann Andrews is the inventor of the PillRite pill management system. She was inspired to create the PillRite because of her own frustrations with managing her medications and staying adherent.  Initially her direction was to solve medication management for patients but soon found out that through much feedback that PillRite was a useful tool for caregivers.

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