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Making the Most of Being Together




  • Describes how to approach someone with Alzheimer's and how to cope with their differing reactions
  • Provides guidelines about what type of setting to choose when interacting with someone with advanced Alzheimer's
  • Identifies and explains the nonverbal signs one should be aware of when interacting with someone with Alzheimer's
  • Explains the importance and necessity of 'touch'
  • Pets and toys are listed and identified as a possible focus for interaction
  • Advises to check on the list of factors unrelated to dementia which may be causing problems

This chapter covers a range of strategies for ensuring that interactions with someone with Alzheimer's Disease go as well as possible. It details explanations of how to approach the other person, what sort of setting is most appropriate, the role of nonverbal signals, touch and how pets and soft toys may provide a useful stimulus for some people.


Contents include

  • Getting off to a good start
    • First impressions count
    • Dealing with a hostile reception
  • Choosing an appropriate setting
  • Being aware of nonverbal signals
    • Noticing a range of nonverbal signals
    • Be aware of the signals we send too
  • Touch - a special means of communication
  • Pets and toys as a possible focus for interaction
    • Their advantages
    • Avoiding treating the person like a child
    • Making a suitable choice
  • Checking against unnecessary problems
  • Focus on the essentials of keeping in touch
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Author / Editor Biographies

Dr Jane Crisp lectures in communication, media studies and women's studies. Her experiences with her own mother, who is now in an advanced stage of dementia, first suggested to her the possibility of drawing on her professional background to help people who are dementing and those who care for them. For the last five years Jane has been working on the language of people who are dementing and on strategies for making sense of this language. She has given talks on this work and had articles published both in Australia and overseas. During 1994 she spent six months in France, meeting and exchangi...

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