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Thursday, September 6, 2007

Book "How To Say It To Seniors "

"How to Say It to Seniors - Closing the Communication Gap with Our Elders" by David Solie, M.S., P.A. says in the introduction that it "explores the reasons why communicating with the elderly is sometimes so frustrating and offers strategies and skills."

The book explains that seniors may have different phrases, vocabulary, and personal agendas that cause a communication gap when adult children, professionals and workers try to talk to them.

This sounded to me like the books about communicating with teen-agers, but it makes sense that each age group has its own way of talking, its own style of communicating.

The world of seniors is uniquely different from the world of young adults or the middle-aged and they react differently.

Chapters include "Different Missions, Different Agendas," and "The Need for Control".

Insight into the world of seniors can be gained by reading the chapter "Legacy, The Need to be Remembered".

Those of us who work with elderly people as caregivers could improve the way we listen to seniors by knowing what to listen for, and what motivates them. Seeing the world through their eyes, sensing their feelings, is one of the ways we caregivers can learn to communicate with seniors.

The book is available at

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