Communication Difficulties in Dementia
May 20, 2014
Hosted by Samuel D. Brinkman, Ph.D.
Communication skills are fundamentally important to human relationships. How does a person with communication deficits maintain a positive relationship? How do loved ones maintain a positive relationship with a person whose communication abilities are limited because of Alzheimer’s disease or some other condition? These are the issues addressed by Linda Boeshart, MS, SLP as she shares from her knowledge and experience of over 30 years in treating individuals whose ability to communicate is compromised by neurological conditions.
NeuroMatters: The Brink of Alzheimer’s
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Our program is about Alzheimer’s disease and the many other disorders that can cause dementia. There are over 5 million Americans who currently struggle with Alzheimer’s disease alone, some of whom are in their 40s and 50s. Others struggle with vascular dementia, Lewy body disorder, frontotemporal dementia, Parkinson’s disease, and other conditions. This program brings together nationally recognized experts from many professional fields relevant to the dementias in order to provide current information about these disorders. These nationally recognized experts are from areas of research, diagnosis, clinical care, and management, caregiver education and support, medication treatments and drug development research, non-medication approaches to treatment, public education, and advocacy. We will give people who have been affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias a forum to talk with and learn from these experts.
Samuel D. Brinkman, Ph.D.
Dr. Brinkman is a clinical neuropsychologist who has been involved in Alzheimer's disease research and clinical care for over 30 years. Research activities have included issues of diagnosis and treatment. He graduated from the University of Houston in 1980.
Dr. Brinkman has a private practice at Texas Neuropsychology Clinic, LLC in Abilene, Texas. He is on the adjunct faculty of Hardin-Simmons University Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, where he teaches a course on neuroscience. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the North Central Texas Chapter of the Alzheimer Association. He was recently co-chair of the National Delegate Assembly of the Alzheimer Association.
Dr. Brinkman is also president of Dementia Screening, Inc. He is the developer of the GrayMatters(r) screening system, a computerized, self-administered assessment procedure which provides information regarding an individual’s memory and executive functioning and likelihood of early dementia.
Dr. Brinkman has been involved in other professional activities, such as reviewing manuscripts submitted for publication to refereed journals, participating as a member of a site visit team for the National Institutes of Health, and contributing to the development of the Texas State Alzheimer Care Plan. He has published research on Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, and other neurological conditions.