Bridging the Communication Gap With the Elderly: Practical Strategies for Caregivers Cox BJ, Waller LL. Chicago: American Hospital Association, 1991 ; $25.95, paperback.
As our parents and the public grow older, both professional and lay caregivers need practical tips for enhancing communication with one another. This fourchapter book serves as a training manual for common communication difficulties encountered with those experiencing memory loss, sensory impairment, and grief. The appendix provides an outline that helps patients make arrangements regarding end-oflife decisions.
Each chapter outlines behavioral objectives and skills. Vignettes present client-caregiver scenarios and provide the reader with an opportunity to explore alternative solutions and select the most appropriate response. The correct response is highlighted as to why it is the most effective in bridging the communication gap.
The strategies and exercises outlined are helpful in inservicing all who work with the elderly, in order to enhance the mutual holistic interpersonal relationships among the elderly and their caregivers.