The Importance of Open Communication in Dementia Care with Kate Hanley
Kate Hanley’s discovery of her parent’s unique love language set her on a path she never anticipated—writing a book. Yet these beautiful “paper napkin sonnets,” and the story that surrounds them, were too precious and inspiring not to share, as they oﬀer hope for anyone in the throes of caring for someone with dementia.
The overwhelming peace she had when she witnessed her mother’s love for her seven children overpower dementia encouraged her to write her story. It is her hope that others will believe that their compassion and resilience in caring for someone with dementia will not be forgotten.
About Kate Hanley
Kate is passionate about the work she does with nonprofit organizations and their direct mail outreach through her work with Cathedral Corporation. She is also an adjunct professor with Utica College and Teacher Education Programs. She and her husband live in Old Forge, NY with two dogs and two grown sons who come home as often as possible to enjoy the peace and beauty of the Adirondack Mountains.
In this episode, you will be able to:
· Realize the value of anecdotes related to dementia care, shedding light on love’s strength and the hurdles encountered on the journey.
· Expound on the essence of memory preservation techniques and harnessing the senses in dementia care.
· Grasp the emotional aspects of caregiving and the importance of forging supportive alliances for mental well-being.
· Recognize the early warning signs of dementia, distinguishing it from the natural aging process.
· Acknowledge the efficacy of storytelling and clear-cut communication in enhancing the caregiving experience.
After the Podcast
Read Kate’s AlzAuthors post: Love is Never Forgotten in Breakfast Memories: A Dementia Love Story
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