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Susan Kohler is a licensed and certified Speech-Language Pathologist in the southern California area. She has been working "in the trenches" primarily with the elderly population in hospitals, home and Adult Day Health Care settings for over 15 years. Susan's 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 Ms. Kohler's book are the central focus with UCLA's 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. Susan also brings her fellow artist friends to perform, and visit with patients and residents at her facilities. The responses still amaze her: what seemed to be withdrawn, lifeless individuals, emerged into smiling, laughing, singing and interactive human beings. She believes "human connection" is vital to stimulating positive experiences of communication, sharing, bonding, building self-esteem and wellness in persons that many think cannot understand or express their ideas and interests.