11/9/10 Diana was honored to be a part of a dynamic seminar hosted by Senior Independence Home Health & Hospice, Toledo, Ohio. Caring for a loved one with cognitive loss is demanding and often offers frustration to the caregivers. The family caregivers attending the seminar were pleased to learn a wide variety of techniques to increase the value of their conversations including 1) Never say "NO" and 2) Capture stories from the person's past that are enjoyable. Each participant received a copy of Diana's book I WAS THINKING and began completing it during the seminar.
Diana shared that knowing how to begin conversations makes all the difference in the outcome. Family members shared that although they had made some of the common mistakes in the past, such as starting a conversation with a short-term memory question, they felt ready to try a new approach. They left the seminar empowered to "give it another try."