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The Alzheimer Knowledge Exchange & SHRTN, Access and Aphasia Community of Practice presents:
Enhancing Communication in Alzheimer’s Disease

Date: February 9th, 2010
Time: 12:30 - 1:30 PM EST 
Cost: Free!
Elizabeth Rochon, Ph.D.
Associate Professor,
Department of Speech-Language Pathology
University of Toronto, and
Senior Scientist,
Toronto Rehabilitation Institute

Summary: The ability to communicate is essential to human interaction.  Among the cognitive impairments seen in patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD), language and communication impairments figure prominently, even in the earlier stages.  We also know that a major contributing factor to caregiver burden is communication breakdown between the caregiver and the person with AD.  Research shows that there are communication strategies that can be employed to enhance communication between a person with AD and their conversational partner and there are also group activities developed to enhance communication. We will review and discuss these strategies, making recommendations for optimizing communication with AD persons at different levels of severity. 

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Visual Support - The presentation will be accessible via an Internet connection.  This connection can be any web-enabled laptop or desktop computer of your choice.
Audio Support - Audio support for the presentation will be provided through your telephone via a toll-free line.
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