From Ginny Pisciotta
Author: Joanne Koenig Coste
Title: Learning to speak Alzheimer’s : a groundbreaking approach for everyone dealing with the disease
Learning to Speak Alzheimer’s is a fascinating and informative book that considers the emotional and physical well-being of both the patient and the caregiver.
There are many excellent books on the subject out there, but what I found to be unique about this one is that I felt like it actually gave me a window into the mind of the Alzheimer’s patient. Strange and seemingly random behaviors are more understandable and often even avoidable, when you learn to see things from the perspective of the Alzheimer’s patient.
The author calls her method “habilitation” which is based on entering the patient’s reality rather than trying to make them understand yours. There are 5 basics tenets to habilitation:
1. Make the physical environment work
2. Know that communication remains possible
3. Focus on Remaining Skills
4. Live in the Patient’s World
5. Enrich the Patient’s Life
The book is full of fascinating anecdotes , examples, helpful tips and suggestions, information, and resources. It gives hope to the caregiver, helping them to realize there are ways to make things a little easier, and that they can still communicate with their Alzheimer’s patients as well as enrich their lives.