Learning to Speak Alzheimer's: A Groundbreaking Approach for Everyone Dealing with the Disease

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Sep 8, 2004 - Medical - 256 pages
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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 carepartners 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 to:
cope with the diagnosis and adjust to the disease’s progression
help the patient talk about the illness
face the issue of driving
make meals and bath times as pleasant as possible
adjust room design for the patient’s comfort
deal with wandering, paranoia, and aggression

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Review: Learning to Speak Alzheimer's: A Groundbreaking Approach for Everyone Dealing with the Disease

User Review  - Laura Olson - Goodreads

Found the book very helpful in understanding more about the disease and how to keep up communication with the loved one's suffering from it. Here's to hoping continued research will help us understand, heal, and prevent so many from suffering from it. Read full review

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User Review  - Fran Gallo - Goodreads

Beginning layman's book for those who are trying to understand or help someone they love who has been diagnosed with the disease. Nothing really scientific - just general answers to some questions on ... Read full review

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Joanne Koenig Coste, a nationally recognized expert and an outspoken advocate for patient and family care, is a board member of the American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease. Currently in private practice as an Alzheimer's family therapist, Koenig Coste also serves as president of Alzheimer's Consulting Associates. She lectures around the country and is the recipient of a National Award for Health Heroes from Reader's Digest. She was named a "Woman to Watch in the 21st Century" by NBC Nightly News

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