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I Care

I Care


Price: $14.00





Positive, solution-focused practices for
working with patients with dementia.


Swallow Manual

Speech-Language Pathologists are in a unique position to educate and assist both professional and family care partners of persons with dementia. I Care offers positive, solution-focused practices that SLPs can implement with nursing staff, home health aides, spouses, and adult children. By implementing the strategies in I Care as part of speech-language therapy, care partners will see their loved one as a whole person with strengths and abilities, which will promote greater independence and self-sufficiency for the person with dementia.

  • Minimizing the care partner's fears,
    frustrations, and stress.
  • Managing changes in communication,
    memory loss and behavior using
    best care techniques.
  • Making the home safe and supportive.
  • Understanding changes in brain functions.
  • Addressing financial and legal issues.
  • And much more...view table of contents >
  • In-Depth Training Available >

"I Care is a comprehensive book that offers a greater understanding of how to manage the difficulties of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. I only wish this book was available when I was caring for my mother, Rita Hayworth, who suffered from Alzheimer's disease." 

Princess Yasmin Aga Khan
Alzheimer's Disease International

What's Included?

This text includes:

  • 174 pages
  • 5 x 8" Softcover
  • © 2014

Target Audience:

For SLPs and other care partners of persons with dementia.


Jennifer A. Brush, MA, CCC-SLP, is an award-winning Dementia Educator, author and consultant. Passionate about enriching the lives of people with dementia, Jennifer is on a mission to put the focus of care on the person’s preferences, interests and abilities. With her 25 years of industry experience, including leading countless live national and international trainings, facilitating ground-breaking research, and managing innovative person-centered care projects for The Mayer-Rothschild Foundation, Jennifer flawlessly bridges the gap between care communities and the individuals they serve. Jennifer serves on the Association Montessori International Advisory Board for Montessori for Aging and Dementia and is the only person in the US teaching this international program.

Jennifer is the author of 5 nationally recognized books on dementia including the silver-medal winning Creative Connections in Dementia Care and I Care, the gold-medal winning work that also received a 5-star rating as a Reader Favorite. Jennifer is widely known for her revolutionary work in the Spaced Retrieval memory intervention, pioneering this area of study and publishing 2 books on the subject.

Kerry Mills, MPA, is the driving force behind Engaging Alzheimer's. She has earned recognition in the field of Alzheimer's care as a former Regional Manager for the pioneering Hearthstone Alzheimer's Care organization, located in Woburn, MA.  

In Kerry's 12-year career working with the elderly, eight of which were spent directly serving people with Alzheimer's, she has done everything from being executive director of several Alzheimer facilities to developing programs that provide a meaningful lifestyle for those afflicted with this disease. Kerry is also the Dementia Liaison for White Plains Hospital in White Plains, New York and has conducted training workshops for members of the medical staff in best care practices for patients with dementia.

In addition to writing a training manual for personnel attending to the needs of people with Alzheimer's, Kerry successfully completed an assessment of dementia care in all hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, day care programs and home care agencies in the London, UK borough of Barnet. Her resultant treatment proposal was accepted by England's NHS. Whether Kerry is participating in a symposium on health care at the United Nations, sharing her expertise with health professionals in China, moderating a state-of-the-art Alzheimer's program at Boston’s prestigious Coolidge Theatre, guest lecturing to medical professionals in Hong Kong, training professional care-partners in Toronto or simply meeting with a familyshe exhibits a high level of enthusiasm and encouragement and delivers a message of hope regarding this debilitating disease.

Customer Reviews:

"I Care is a comprehensive book that offers a greater understanding of how to manage the difficulties of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. I only wish this book was available when I was caring for my mother, Rita Hayworth, who suffered from Alzheimer's disease." - Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, President, Alzheimer's Disease International

"I Care is just what the health care community has been waiting for to fill the void for people caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's or a related dementia." - Dr. Stephen Jones, Specialty Geriatric Medicine, Greenwich Hospital, Greenwich, CT

"By shifting the perspective from caregiving to care partnering, this book offers an important reminder that there remain many capabilities that need to be recognized, maximized, and respected in persons with dementias. Rather than being limited to doing, the care focus is expanded to enabling and empowering these individuals to function at their remaining best. This enlightened view not only benefits persons with dementias, but has the potential to offer a more meaningful and less stressful experience for their care partners."  - Charlotte Eliopoulos, RN, MPH, PhD, Executive Director American Association for Long Term Care Nursing

"With a world-wide, mounting population of persons diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, it's exciting that a book is now available specifically to help caregivers navigate the difficulties encountered in caring for someone suffering with cognitive impairments. I Care offers essential and fundamental advice for best-care practices, but it also provides a sense of real hope that quality of life issues will not necessarily diminish when effective care management principles are adopted." Marc Wortmann, Executive Director, Alzheimer's Disease International

“Dementia is a growing problem in the United States. Family members provide most of the care for these patients in their homes. Behavior issues in patients with dementia are common and most stressful and very often the care-givers are overwhelmed by the effort involved in taking care of these patients. Jennifer Brush and Kerry Mills have done a great job in providing a thorough and most comprehensive review of the issues in an easy to read and practical guide for the caregivers. I Care also presents a new concept." - Care Partner, involving the patient as a partner in his/her own care.

"I Care is a must read for any family caring for a patient with dementia.” - P. Lal Arora, MD; FRCPC, Medical Director, Kendal at Home and Kendal Senior Independence, Oberlin, Ohio

“It is a certainty that we will be touched by dementia during our lifetime. I have seen dementia in 3 generations of family members and I have personally watched caregivers struggle, to varying degrees, with managing themselves while helping their loved ones through the course of their intellectual decline. Even with the rapid pace of medical discovery, which has improved our understanding of the pathophysiology and diagnosis of dementia, we have done little slow the progression of the disease. There is much work to be done but in the meantime, we need to better understand the caregiver’s role, provide them with tools and strategies to comfort their loved ones and manage their own stress and emotions. I Care helps us bridge the gap between our medical understanding and the practical aspects facing caregivers of loved ones with dementia. The authors present a very accessible, understandable combination of scientific background, personal stories and practical strategies that simplify the daunting task of managing your life while being the best caregiver you can be. I wish I had read this book years ago. I could have been a better care partner for my grandmother and my mother-in-law.” - Robert C McKinstry, MD, PhD, Professor of Radiology, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO


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More Offerings by: Jennifer Brush


  E-Course # Course Title & Author CEUs Price  
e77 Persons With Dementia: Adapting The Environment To Support Communication And ADLs
Michelle Bourgeois, PhD, CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow and Carrie Bruce, MA, CCC-SLP, ATP and Jennifer Brush, MA, CCC-SLP and Robin Chilton, MBA, OTR/L and Dr. Margaret Calkins, Ph.D.
0.15 $34.00
e07 Dysphagia Practice: Moving Toward More Comprehensive Treatment Protocols
Roxann Gross, PhD, CCC-SLP and Ianessa Humbert, PhD, CCC-SLP and Cathy Lazarus, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S and Kathy Panther, MS, CCC-SLP and Robert Arnold, SLP.D., CCC-SLP, BCS-S and Jennifer Brush, MA, CCC-SLP
1.2 $149.00
e111 Making The Most of Mealtime: Helping Older Adults Compensate for Sensory Impairment During Meals
Jennifer Brush, MA, CCC-SLP
0.1 $24.00
e112 I Care: Educating Professional And Family Care Partners Of People With Dementia
Jennifer Brush, MA, CCC-SLP and Kerry Mills, MPA
0.1 $19.00
e124 A Functional Approach for Achieving Meaningful Goals with Persons with Dementia
Michelle Bourgeois, PhD, CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow and Jennifer Brush, MA, CCC-SLP and Mary Casper, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-S
0.3 $59.00
e141 Creative Connections in Dementia Care: Engaging Activities To Enhance Communication for People with Dementia
Jennifer Brush, MA, CCC-SLP and Rev. Katie Norris, M.Div
0.2 $39.00
e142 Navigating Neurocognitive Disorders: Step-by-Step Identification, Evaluation, Intervention and Collaboration
Jeanette Benigas, PhD, CCC-SLP and Jennifer Brush, MA, CCC-SLP and Kelsey Loushin, LICDC-CS, CDP and Rev. Katie Norris, M.Div
0.85 $129.00
e154 Perspectives on Dysphagia Service Delivery: All About Treatment
Cathy Lazarus, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S and Jan Lewin, PhD,CCC-SLP, BCS-S and Christy Ludlow, PhD, CCC-SLP and Kathy Panther, MS, CCC-SLP and Jay Rosenbek, PhD, CCC-SLP, BC-NCD and Paula Sullivan, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S and Jennifer Brush, MA, CCC-SLP and James Coyle, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S and Karen Dikeman, MA, CCC-SLP, BRS-S and Roxann Gross, PhD, CCC-SLP and Jacqueline Hind, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S and Marta Kazandjian, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-S
2.0 $199.00


  Title Price  
A Clinician's Guide to Successful Evaluation and Treatment of Dementia $49.00

More Offerings by: Kerry Mills


  E-Course # Course Title & Author CEUs Price  
e112 I Care: Educating Professional And Family Care Partners Of People With Dementia
Jennifer Brush, MA, CCC-SLP and Kerry Mills, MPA
0.1 $19.00


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