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In Partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association: Effective Communication Strategies for Alzheimer's and Dementia caregivers
Does communicating with your loved one frustrate you? Is there a better way to reach a person with neurocognitive difficulties?
Communication is more than just talking and listening — it’s also about sending and receiving messages through attitude, tone of voice, and body language. As the disease progresses, individuals living with Alzheimer’s or other dementias lose the ability to use words, but families can find new ways to connect. Join Ben Donnelly of the Alzheimer's Association to explore how communication changes when someone is living with Alzheimer’s, learn how to interpret the verbal and behavioral communication, and identify strategies to help you connect and communicate at each stage of the disease. Garner real-life tools you can use to navigate the difficulties of being a care partner.
For more than 5 years, Ben Donnelly has worked for the Alzheimer's Association as the Volunteer & Program Manager recruiting and mobilizing volunteers that help lead the fight against Alzheimer's disease by providing free support groups for caregivers, educational classes, outreach events, fundraising and advocacy opportunities in support of our vision of a world without Alzheimer's. He received an MA degree and supervises dozens of support groups and gives regular educational and caregiver training to a wide variety of audience from the general public to businesses and agencies. Some of his regular audiences include Deloitte, MicroStrategy, US Secret Service, US TSA, World Bank, Salesforce, Architect of the Capitol, and others. He holds a Master's degree in Communications from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and has experience in television news production and radio.