Week 3 of my summer internship…

Week 3 has come and gone, now on to week 4. 

Just to recap, last week (once again) was amazing! I can’t get over how much I love working in the hospital setting. My patients are amazing, and are so thankful for the therapy. I learn so much from every one of my patients. They bring so many wonderful learning experiences not only for them, but especially for me. 

I was introduced to a handful of individuals presenting with Alzheimer’s Disease (AD). Although I have read numerous books on this degenerative disease, I have learned a great deal from one-on-one experience as a clinician. Each patient presented in different stages. My supervisor sent me on a mission to investigate therapy for our ‘early stage’ patients.

All throughout my studies of an undergraduate and graduate, my professor has really put an emphasis on Michelle Bourgeois and her famous “Memory Books.” I actually found her book called, Memory Books and Other Graphic Cuing Systems in my supervisors library. It can be purchased on Amazon.com for only $19.77!!

Michelle Bourgeois has very useful ideas for memory aids to help a person presenting with AD utilize compensatory strategies when dealing with the different stages. She also provides great literature for the caregivers. I would recommend this book to anyone who needs, wants, or is interested in finding new ways to help in this situation for our loved ones. Michelle Bourgeois has published numerous research articles and training manuals. In her book she gives the reader many options and explains how to use these strategies.