A Loving Approach to Dementia Care
A Loving Approach to Dementia Care with Laura Wayman, Author and Dementia Care Expert
How do we make meaningful connections while we are caregiving? Is there a right way to care for our loved ones that have dementia? How do I deal with all of the emotions that we feel as caregivers- the stress, the guilt?
Today, we learn how families and caregivers can have peace of mind and understand that there is a better way to communicate and improve the quality of our relationships with our loved ones. It is my pleasure to interview Laura Wayman. She is an author, a caregiver, a coach, a family counselor and also known as the "The Dementia Whisperer". She is an internationally recognized dementia care expert and her mission is to change the world in a way that memory care services are provided and those that suffer from memory care impairments. Her innovative approach to caregiving has given her valuable insights on how caregivers can enhance and even enjoy their relationships with their loved ones.
Laura is the author of A Loving Approach to Dementia Care, making meaningful connections while caregiving. We talk about her book today and the lessons learned. She is a sought-after speaker with extensive experience and she is sharing her knowledge with others about becoming dementia aware.
Laura Wayman shares about:
The profound stress that caregivers carry
Why we shouldn't be that "self-less" caregiver
How our loved ones with dementia are most in tune with our emotions over our words and how our stress as a caregiver can impact our interactions
Is there a "right" way to care for our loved ones?
What is the dementia "elephant"?
That successful communication can come from using the Affirmative response Method
We are encouraged to move forward and there's hope in successful communication
With over a decade of experience and a strong dedication to quality aging, Laura Wayman holds an associate’s degree in gerontology and is a certified social services designee. Her innovative approach to the caregiving process has given her valuable insights into how caregivers can enhance and even enjoy their relationships with their loved ones or clients.
During her career, she has developed the affirmative response method, an easy-to-learn, easy-to-apply communication style for connecting with the person who has dementia. As a result, she is a sought-after speaker with extensive experience in keynote addresses and break-out programs, as well as guest spots for various television, radio and podcast interviews. Laura also teaches her “becoming dementia-aware” care approach and communication techniques at community colleges in Northern California.
She provides in-service training for assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing, and in-home professional caregivers, as well as valuable training and outreach for community first responders on gentle and effective redirection tools and a communication approach that works. She is often invited to educate caregivers from all walks of life about how to become dementia aware, helping them to learn effective techniques, and directing them to further dementia-aware community resources.
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