CPI's Guides for Families and Friends

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Thank you for your interest in resources to support people who have dementia. CPI's Guides for Families and Friends help you, as a Certified Instructor, extend your reach into the community.

Each guide describes how family members and friends can improve their use of proactive, respectful, and person-centered strategies to support and interact with people who have dementia. Use these within your place of employment, church, community group, or civic organization.

Changing our Perceptions of People Who Have Dementia provides working definitions of Alzheimer's and dementia, and speaks to the importance of focusing on a person's remaining abilities at every stage of the disease. [Download

Some Realities of Supporting Loved Ones Who Have Dementia reminds families and friends that they are not alone, and offers tips for managing stress and maintaining their own physical and emotional health. [Download]

Improving Our Communication With People Who Have Dementia discusses why verbal and nonverbal communication is problematic, and offers simple ways to enhance everyday exchanges by listening with your eyes, ears, and hearts. [Download