Use the ingenious communication and memory aids featured in this practical guide to significantly improve the ability of people with dementia and related memory impairments to stay connected, engaged, and functioning at their optimal level of independence. Presenting a wide array of evidence-based examples, Memory and Communication Aids for People with Dementia contains all the information needed to develop personalized supports for any individual and every circumstance.


Formerly published as Memory Books and Other Graphic Cuing Systems, this completely revised edition features many updates and improvements:

  • Troubleshooting tips to increase the use and acceptance of communication aids
  • New methods for evaluating and supporting reading skills
  • Improved, full-color graphics
  • Use of computer-based technologies and systems (e.g., tablets, smart phones, e-readers)
  • New resources to involve families in creating memory and communication aids
  • Adaptations for non-English speakers and people who are deaf, blind, or visually impaired
  • Enhanced focus on therapeutic goal setting and rehabilitating communication of wants, needs, and safety

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supplemented by more than 30 downloadable guides and templates to use or customize.

From low-tech options such as memory wallets, memo boards, planners, and reminder cards to commercial products available through new electronic technologies, these simple but powerful tools help to provide conversation prompts, answers to common questions, and reminders for daily living. Confusion, anxiety, frustration, and challenging behaviors melt away when individuals are able to

  • communicate their needs and preferences to caregivers
  • remember important names, places, and appointments
  • complete tasks unassisted
  • engage in meaningful conversations and social interactions
  • recall past events and achievements
  • preserve their dignity and identity

Full-color illustrations and simple instructions for creating various memory and communication tools are included. Abundant examples of useful content and formats are supplemented by more than 30 downloadable guides and templates to use or customize.

Speech-language pathologists, occupational and physical therapists, activity directors, direct care staff, and family members interacting with adults with memory impairments will welcome this practical and life-enhancing resource.

Dr. Bourgeois' text is a perfect example of translational research. Her interventions are evidence based (and an impressive base of evidence it is). Most importantly, from the point of view of clinicians and caregivers, these interventions are highly effective in real world settings. They can be used immediately, across an extremely wide range of settings and challenging behaviors associated with dementia and other forms of cognitive deficits. I refer to this work whenever I provide training in the care of persons with cognitive disabilities, and continue to receive feedback as to the practicality and success of Dr. Bourgeois' interventions. Truly, there is only one relevant question regarding the contents of this exceptional book – Why aren't you using it?
~ Cameron J. Camp, Ph.D., Director, Center for Applied Research in Dementia

Memory and Communication Aids for People with Dementia by Michelle Bourgeois is an extremely readable and practical guide to managing memory. The strategies and suggestions offered in this book are rooted in research evidence and real-world experience. Goals for supporting memory and communication, and methods of implementing goals are clear and user-friendly. I highly recommend this book! It will be a huge resource for speech-language pathologists, other health care providers and family members of people with dementia.
~ Nina Simmons-Mackie, Ph.D., BC-ANCDS, Department of Health & Human Services, Southeastern Louisiana University

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book_title Memory and Communication Aids for People with Dementia
book_author Michelle S. Bourgeois, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
book_format Paperback
book_edition Revised
dimension 8.5" x 11"
Weight 1.200000
stages Early Stage, Middle Stage, Caregivers
number_of_pages 160
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