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LOCAL>> Dr. Jane Mahakian and Alyson Kuhn – I Hear You
Co-authors discuss their book about communicating with people with dementia
Learning to communicate with someone with dementia is an enormous first step toward making that person’s life easier and richer in the moment.
The more of us who want to talk and listen to people with dementia, the less “socially disappeared” they will be.
Dr. Mahakian and Kuhn will share several of the book’s vignettes, giving us glimpses into the realm of forgetfulness and demonstrating ways to connect with someone with dementia. They will also share reader responses to I Hear You, which are diverse, touching and thoughtful.
The co-authors met in 2003, when it became prudent to move Caroline, Kuhn’s mother, from her home of 50 years—before her dementia posed serious risks to her physical and social well-being. Dr. Mahakian masterminded the successful move, and Kuhn’s extensive email exchanges with Dr. Mahakian over several years formed the basis for the I Hear You writing partnership.