Enhancing Communication in Dementia of the Alzheimer's Type

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Dementia of the Alzheimer's type (DAT) is devastating to the quality of life of individuals with DAT and to the lives of their caregivers. Progressive declines in language and communication isolate individuals with DAT and contribute to caregiver stress and burden. This article describes current communication education and training programs for caregivers of individuals with DAT. A case study involving a spousal caregiver of an individual with DAT is presented to illustrate the components of a comprehensive, individualized caregiver communication enhancement education and training program. Implications for future program development are discussed.

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