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Lunch N Learn-Effective Communication with people with Alzheimer's

Let's Learn Together

Bring a lunch to enjoy while you listen and learn about the ways to communicate with people with Alzheimer's at various stages of the disease. 

Effective Communication Strategies is a program provided by the Alzheimer's Association that allows you to identify strategies to connect and communicate with a person at every stage of this disease. This program explores how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s disease. By the end of the program, attendees will be able to:

  • Explain the communication changes that take place throughout the course of the disease.
  • Decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia and respond in ways that are helpful to the person.
  • Identify strategies to connect and communicate at each stage of the disease. 

Information about Alzheimer's

Changes in the ability to communicate can vary, and are based on the person and where he or she is in the disease process. Problems you can expect to see throughout the progression of the disease include:

  • Difficulty finding the right words
  • Using familiar words repeatedly
  • Describing familiar objects rather than calling them by name
  • Easily losing a train of thought
  • Difficulty organizing words logically
  • Reverting to speaking a native language
  • Speaking less often
  • Relying on gestures more than speaking

Register online or call 503.625.9622 to reserve your spot. Space is limited.