I Care




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

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. I Care covers:

  • 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 >

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What's Included

  • 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.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial — Jennifer Brush is a presenter of online CE courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.

Financial — Jennifer Brush is a presenter of CE seminars sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives speaking fees.

Financial — Jennifer Brush is the author of "Meal Time Matters" and "Meal Time Matters at Home"; receives royalties.

Financial — Jennifer Brush is the author of "A Therapy Technique for Improving Memory: Spaced Retrieval" and "Environment and Communication Assessment Toolkit"; receives royalties.

Financial — Jennifer Brush is an editor and author for IDEAS Institute; receives consulting fees.

Financial — Jennifer Brush is the owner of Brush Development; ownership interests.

Nonfinancial — Jennifer Brush has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

Kerry Mills, MPA, earned recognition in the field of Alzheimer’s care as a Regional Manager for a pioneering Alzheimer’s healthcare organization, where she served for eight years. Her goal then and now is to change the perception of dementia in the public square. Kerry has witnessed many success stories first-hand and knows that much of the despair and anguish of families can be overcome through education and training. As founder and president of Engaging Alzheimer's LLC, she has had many opportunities to share her expertise and vision here in the United States as well as in Canada, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, and China. She co-authored I Care – A Handbook for Care Partners of People with Dementia and most recently has authored Serving Residents with Dementia: Transformative Care Strategies for Assisted Living Providers. Kerry is a regular guest on local radio stations and has completed an interview on PBS' The News Hour with host Paul Solman as well as CBS television with Dr. Max Gomez.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial — Kerry Mills is a co-presenter of an online CE course sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.

Financial — Kerry Mills is the owner of "Engaging Alzheimer's"; receives salary and royalties.

Financial — Kerry Mills is the co-author of "I Care - A Handbook for Care Partners of People with Dementia; receives royalties.
Nonfinancial — Kerry Mills provides consulting on dementia best care practices; she receives no compensation for this role

Customer Reviews

"I learned about this book at an Alzheimer's Early Stage Support Group. They let me borrow it and after reading it, I knew I needed to own it to always refer back to it! It would be helpful for just about any disease.?As the caretaker of my husband, I needed to accept the journey he is on and to be gentle and understanding with him. This book helped me to understand this and accept that I am on the journey with him and must take control where he is unable to do so at this time in his life. I also had to learn to take care of my own needs and listen to my own inner guidance along with the lessons learned in this book. It may be small, but it's very powerful and a "must read" to give the caregiver a good understanding of what their loved one is going thru and how to best handle it."  J.C. (Mar. 2018)

"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 worldwide, 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 from 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 caregivers 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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