Susan Kohler on Midlife Magic

The Finding Magic in Midlife Radio Show was produced and archived by Exceptional Wisdom Radio from August 2008 through June 1013, when EWR went off the air. I’m moving the show archives to Choosing To Be Fit because much of the wisdom I’ve gained about creating a body- mind-spirit fitness lifestyle came from reading books by and talking with these exceptional midlife women. The interviews are timeless. I hope you will get to know some of these brilliant, talented, and inspirational women and learn from them as I did.

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Susan Kohler was interviewed on the Finding Magic in Midlife Show in August of 2010.

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Susan Kohler has worked “in the trenches” with the elderly population in health care settings for over 15 years, and now shares what she knows about creating satisfying connections with them through her amazing book, How to Communicate with Alzheimer’s: A Practical Guide and Workbook for Families.

Susan began writing her book with much encouragement from her own family, friends, and colleagues, The book is a guide and workbook for families that shows how to connect with loved ones who have Alzheimer’s, dementia, confusion and memory loss. It is a book that comes from not only from the heart of its author, but the hearts of the people who have dementia. In the acknowledgements, Susan thanks all these individuals with whom she has worked – for helping her to appreciate life.

Susan is a licensed and certified Speech-Language Pathologist in the southern California area. Her experience with Alzheimer’s and dementia has gained her recognition in lecturing and training on the subject of communication with this population. The techniques in Susan’s book are the central focus of a UCLA research project, “Therapeutic Communication during Nursing Home Care,” which addresses communication issues between nursing home staff and frail, older residents.

Susan is also a dynamic actress and singer, and attributes this training to enhancing her skills as a therapist working with the frail elderly. She often brings her fellow artist friends to perform and visit with patients and residents at her facilities. She believes “human connection” is vital to stimulate positive experiences of communication, sharing, bonding, building self-esteem and wellness in persons that many think cannot understand or express their ideas and interests.

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