More than four million
Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s, and as many as twenty million have close
relatives or friends with the disease. Revolutionizing the way we perceive and
live with Alzheimer’s, Joanne Koenig Coste offers a practical approach to the
emotional well-being of both patients and caregivers that emphasizes relating
to patients in their own reality. Her accessible and comprehensive method,
which she calls habilitation, works to enhance communication between
care partners and patients and has proven successful with thousands of people
living with dementia.
Learning to Speak Alzheimer’s also offers hundreds of practical tips, including how
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- cope with the
diagnosis and adjust to the disease’s progression;
- help the patient
talk about the illness;
- face the issue of
- make meals and
bath times as pleasant as possible;
- adjust room
design for the patient’s comfort; and
- deal with
wandering, paranoia, and aggression.