Allied Health Professionals Maximising Psychological Wellbeing: Confident Conversations

Here are two of my favourite things – having a great conversation and observing people reach their potential.  As a speech and language therapist, I’m lucky that I have the opportunity to do two of my favourite things for a living.  I’ve always been involved in communication groups for a variety of people.   I’ve been running post-stroke conversation groups for years.  I love the camaraderie of the shared experience as well as the stories, humour and courage.  I decided to offer the same experience to a small group of men who had recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.  I’d been working with them individually for some weeks and had heard their struggles to manage everyday conversations.  Their specific strain of Alzheimer’s meant that speech and language was the primary presenting symptom – they could remember the story but were unable to find the words to provide the detail.  They admitted…

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