Counseling People with Early-Stage Alzheimer's Disease: A Powerful Process of Transformation

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People with early dementia face enormous challenges in coping with their condition, yet they typically receive no personalized education or support following the diagnosis. Counseling empowers them to understand and come to terms with the illness while also learning to manage and make healthy adaptations to it. With the rapid increase in people diagnosed with early memory impairment and demand for better support services this groundbreaking new guide gives you essential tools to become an integral partner in a process that helps people adjust to the many changes in their lives.

Presenting an innovative new counseling framework designed around the unique problems and needs arising from dementia, Counseling People with Early-Stage Alzheimer s Disease guides the counselor and client through the many emotional, practical, and lifestyle issues to be faced.

In her new and easy-to-follow protocol, Robyn Yale an internationally renowned expert on early-stage support groups explores topics that include identity and self-esteem, resilience, relating to and educating others, stress management, and more. You will come away with an expanded repertoire of specialized skills and support roles including coach, care planner, mediator, communications specialist, and problem solver that will dramatically improve your ability to assist people with early dementia to

work through complex emotions

tap into useful coping mechanisms

focus on capabilities

adapt to practical circumstances in their day-to-day activities

retain maximum autonomy over lifestyle preferences

find new ways to move forward with their lives

At the heart of this approach is the unique story behind each relationship forged between the person with dementia and the counselor. It is sure to spark inspiration and self-discovery in yourself and in those with whom you work!

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Robyn Yale is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years of experience in the fields of Aging and Alzheimer's disease (AD). In 1986, she pioneered an innovative support group for people with early stage AD and their families. She was among the first to fuel the growth in early stage awareness and services through her research and clinical practice, and by facilitating collaboration between professionals around the world in this area. Robyn Yale’s early stage support group model has been widely replicated nationally and internationally through her book and training workshops. She has become a leading expert, educator and advocate in the field of early dementia. Based in San Francisco , California , USA , she currently works independently and as a consultant to the Alzheimer's Association and other organizations.

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This important book fills a critical gap in caring for the person in a culture where emphasis is often placed on the disease. An excellent resource...a compassionate and comprehensive guide to providing effective support to people undergoing a difficult transition. --Bruce L. Miller, MD, Director, UC San Francisco Memory and Aging Center

An outstanding model... The unique concerns of people with early dementia...
need to be dealt with sensitively and expertly, and this book gives counselors the tools they need to do just that. --Ginny Helms, Vice President of Chapter Services & Public Policy, Alzheimer s Association, Georgia Chapter

Engaging and accessible....the best guide I have yet come across to understanding what it is like to experience early-stage dementia and how to respond in a helpful and positive way. Yale s passion and commitment to helping people live well with dementia shine through on every page, and make reading this book an exciting and deeply inspiring experience. --Linda Clare, PhD, Professor of Clinical Psychology and Neuropsychology, Bangor University, UK

Robyn Yale is a trailblazer who...continues to innovate, motivate and inspire. Read this book, it will transform your understanding and practice in dementia --Professor John Keady, University of Manchester, UK & Co-Editor, Dementia: The International Journal of Social Research and Practice

Once again, Robyn Yale has forged new ground. This profound and timely book provides an excellent foundation for understanding the special issues that people with early dementia face, and details a clear, compelling model for individualized intervention. --Suzette Binford, Programs Director, Alzheimer's Association, Georgia Chapter

Robyn Yale is a trailblazer who...continues to innovate, motivate and inspire. Read this book, it will transform your understanding and practice in dementia --Professor John Keady, University of Manchester, UK & Co-Editor, Dementia: The International Journal of Social Research and Practice

Once again, Robyn Yale has forged new ground. This profound and timely book provides an excellent foundation for understanding the special issues that people with early dementia face, and details a clear, compelling model for individualized intervention. --Suzette Binford, Programs Director, Alzheimer's Association, Georgia Chapter

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