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Connecting the Dots

Connecting the Dots
Breakthroughs in Communication as Alzheimer's Advances

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About the Book

If you have a loved one in the middle or late stages of Alzheimer's disease, you know how frustrating and difficult it can be to communicate. This is especially the case when your loved one experiences dementia. But it's not impossible to maintain a real relationship with your friend or family member, even as his or her Alzheimer's advances.

In more than sixteen years of work with Alzheimer's patients and their families, author Judith London has learned how to 'connect the dots' of scattered information offered by people with Alzheimer's so that loved ones can understand the depth of feeling still present in them. Connecting the Dots reveals London's practical techniques for decoding the language of Alzheimer's to improve communication. With this book as your guide, you can better navigate your relationship with your loved one and keep a meaningful connection.

Although there is no cure for Alzheimer's,this book will help you improve your loved one's quality of life.

Authors

Judith L. London, PhD, is a psychologist licensed in New York and California who has treated people with Alzheimer's and other dementias in public long-term care facilities for more than sixteen years. She has been adjunct professor at New York... Read more

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Foreword writer Jane E. Brody writes the Personal Health column for The New York Times and is author of several books, including Jane Brody's Guide to the Great Beyond, Jane Brody's Good Food Book, Jane Brody's Nutrition Book, and Jane Brody's Good... Read more

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Praise

“We all know the difficult decisions and anguish that we go through as loved ones of people with Alzheimer's. Judith London has distilled her years of experience and organized the information in a way that is easy to understand, constructive, and even positive. My mother has been very slowly losing her memory, and through London, I have come to understand that much of my mother’s communication difficulties are not only due to her poor memory, but also to her need to receive reassurance that her concerns have been addressed. On Thanksgiving, I instructed my children not to slough off my mother's concerns, but rather to engage her in a conversation about them, answering her questions lovingly and patiently. What a difference this made in enabling my mother to let go of her worries. I highly recommend this guidebook to anyone facing the travails of Alzheimer’s. London's guide will be a priceless gift to yourself and you deserve to have it.”
—Karen Salzer, Ph.D.

“The radical new frontier of medical science reverses the traditional practice of taking things apart to find out how they work by listening to Aristotle's advice to ‘connect the dots.’ The whole is more than the sum of the parts. Alzheimer's disease is a summation of multiple vacancies made whole by London's synthesis.”
—Walter Bortz, MD, clinical associate professor of medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine and author of Dare to be 100 and Longer Living for Dummies

“London shows us in her book Connecting the Dots that what matters most is making a meaningful connection in the moment. Through poignant anecdotes from her clinical experience, she offers us the necessary tools to maintain relationships with our loved ones with Alzheimer’s. She inspires us to look beyond the disease and focus on what makes us all the same: our innate longing to be understood and accepted for who we are as well as who we are becoming.”
—Janet L. Meiselman, Psy.D., Institute on Aging in San Francisco, CA

“Reading Connecting the Dots brought back many painful memories of my mother, who suffered with Alzheimer’s. I would sit with her for hours without finding the appropriate words to comfort her. What a difference it would have made if London's book was available to me at that time. Since my mother loved to dance and this love consumed her after she contracted this disease, I was deeply touched by ‘Shall We Dance?,’ the beautiful story in chapter one.”
—Daniel S. Wilson, Ph.D.

Connecting the Dots is a breath of fresh air. London’s focus on person-centered communication goes beyond the basics to help families and professional caregivers truly connect with individuals with Alzheimer’s in a deeper manner. This book shows relatives new approaches to help them reach out to their loved ones as Alzheimer's progresses.”
—Elizabeth Edgerly, Ph.D., chief program officer of Alzheimer’s Association in Mountain View, CA

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