Conversations with an Alzheimer's Patient: An Interactional by Heidi Ehernberger Hamilton

By Heidi Ehernberger Hamilton

This e-book offers an interactional sociolinguistic method of the innovative communicative breakdowns average of Alzheimer's ailment. The language utilized in open-ended, clearly happening conversations among the writer and one aged girl Alzheimer's sufferer over four-and-a-half years is investigated in an try to know how the patient's communicative skills and disabilities are comparable, how they alter, and the way they're prompted via the habit of the fit interlocutor.

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1. November 13, 1981 (2 minutes): In this segment Elsie is on her way back to the second floor following a baking class on the ground floor. During the wait for the elevator with other residents and staff members and the elevator trip itself, talk centers on where we are going. The interaction ends when Elsie reaches her floor and a staff member takes responsibility for her. 2. November 20, 1981 (4 minutes): At the start of this segment I come 34 Conversations with an Alzheimer's patient upon Elsie in the hallway on her way to the exercise class.

I tell her I will go to other floors first and return for her in the hopes she will be ready then. Then, in a 7-minute segment following the exercise class which she ended up attending, Elsie helps me to get residents in wheelchairs to the elevator, stopping to tell one man she is praying for him to get better. After reaching the second floor, Elsie goes with a staff member to eat lunch. 6. March 5, 1982 (41 minutes): Unlike the earlier conversations which have taken place in hallways and elevators as we moved between class and home, the first 30 minutes of this conversation take place next to a window in the lounge.

2. November 20, 1981 (4 minutes): At the start of this segment I come 34 Conversations with an Alzheimer's patient upon Elsie in the hallway on her way to the exercise class. As we wait for the elevator and make the trip from the second to the fourth floor conversational topics include food and a party to be held that afternoon. After we reach the fourth floor and are walking to the class, Elsie says that her leg hurts her. Upon seeing some nurses with food, she returns to the topic of eating. When we arrive at the exercise class, I tell the staff member there about Elsie's leg.

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