Learning to Speak Alzheimer's: A Groundbreaking Approach for Everyone Dealing with the Disease

by Robert Butler and Joanne Koenig Coste

A bold new direction in Alzheimer’s care from a pioneer in the field. 


  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780618485178
  • ISBN-10: 0618485171
  • Pages: 256
  • Publication Date: 09/08/2004
  • Carton Quantity: 24

About the book

More than four million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s, and as many as twenty million have close relatives or friends with the disease. Revolutionizing the way we perceive and live with Alzheimer’s, Joanne Koenig Coste offers a practical approach to the emotional well-being of both patients and caregivers that emphasizes relating to patients in their own reality. Her accessible and comprehensive method, which she calls habilitation, works to enhance communication between carepartners and patients and has proven successful with thousands of people living with dementia. 


Learning to Speak Alzheimer’s also offers hundreds of practical tips, including how to 

-Cope with the diagnosis and adjust to the disease’s progression 

-Help the patient talk about the illness 

-Face the issue of driving 

-Make meals and bath times as pleasant as possible 

-Adjust room design for the patient’s comfort 

-Deal with wandering, paranoia, and aggression

About the author
Joanne Koenig Coste

Joanne Koenig Coste, a nationally recognized expert and an outspoken advocate for patient and family care, is a board member of the American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease. Currently in private practice as an Alzheimer's family therapist, Koenig Coste also serves as president of Alzheimer's Consulting Associates. She lectures around the country and is the recipient of a National Award for Health Heroes from Reader's Digest.


“A true godsend to anyone caring for those afflicted with dementia . . .[from] the definitive voice on dealing with loved ones who have Alzheimer’s disease.”—Rudolph E. Tanzi, coauthor of Decoding Darkness: The Search for the Genetic Causes of Alzheimer’s Disease 


“No one is better suited to ‘speak Alzheimer’s’ than Joanne Koenig Coste.”—Dennis J. Selkoe, M.D. Harvard Medical School 


“A roadmap for the journey through Alzheimer’s.”—Orange County Register