Communication Strategies: Talking to People with Dementia
October 6 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pmFree
Alyson Kuhn, co-author of “I hear you: Talking and listening to people with Alzheimer’s,” and Dr. Catherine Madison, neurologist and consultant for Seniors At Home’s Center for Dementia Care, will discuss why miscommunication is so common when caring for someone with dementia, and what communication strategies families and caregivers can embrace to work around these issues.
They will also discuss Alyson’s book and its use as a practical guide for caregivers to gain confidence in listening and interpreting behaviors to help promote purposeful living and preserve independence.
Our speakers have an unusual overlap—Alyson sought guidance from Dr. Madison during her own mother’s journey with dementia. They circle back together for this event to share their experience and knowledge.
A giveaway of “I hear you: Talking and listening to people with Alzheimer’s,” by Alyson Kuhn and Dr. Jane Mahakian, will be awarded to two attendees. Winners must be present at the end of the program.
About Our Speakers:
Dr. Madison is a board-certified neurologist specializing in dementia. As a neurologist for Seniors At Home, she supports our clients with cognitive impairments to help their families navigate the practical elements of long-term strategic planning and integrate the myriad of surrounding medical information into daily life.
Alyson Kuhn is a freelance writer and editor. For more than 20 years, she has worked with brands in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. She has served as senior editor for Heart to Heart Global Cardiac Care for well over a decade.
Alyson’s writing collaboration with Dr. Jane Mahakian is personal as well as professional. Alyson’s mother suffered from dementia, and Alyson benefited from Dr. Jane’s consulting over several years. Dr. Jane’s clinical wisdom helped Alyson to adapt compassionately to her mother’s declining memory and to enjoy a richer (and more humorous) relationship with her mother than she could have imagined possible.