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Communication Skills for Working with Elders

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Communication Skills for Working with Elders

SKU# 9780826114051

Second Edition

Author: Barbara Dreher PhD


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"Dr. Dreher's book is a concise and highly readable guide to developing and enhancing one's communication skills for the betterment of the elderly person's quality of life... [It] clearly has a place on the bookshelf of every layman and professional alike who interacts with elderly people."
- Gerontology and Geriatrics Education, about the first edition

"...extremely useful as a teaching tool."
- Geriatric Nursing, about the first edition

This popular text provides practical guidelines for effective interaction with the elderly and presents techniques for overcoming common communication problems and disorders common among elders. New to this second edition are chapters addressing assisted living, the use of computers for communication, the "Boomers," and new approaches for dealing with emotional strains of anxiety and depression, among others. Each chapter concludes with exercises and activities designed to help readers practice and hone their skills. This book is ideal for courses in departments of gerontology, social work, nursing, and communication.

Product Details 

  • Publication Date March 21, 2001
  • Page Count 184
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826114051
  • EISBN 9780826116239

Table of Contents 

  1. Bridges to Understanding
  2. How Aging Affects Communication
  3. Interacting With the Elderly
  4. How Illness Affects Communication Skills
  5. Exchanging Messages Despite Barriers
  6. Decision-Making With the Elderly
  7. Group Involvement
  8. Promoting Self-Expression
  9. Computers and the Oldest Generation
  10. Preserving Morale

  11. Index