Communication is more than just talking and listening – it’s also about sending and receiving messages through attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions and body language. As people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias progress in their journey and the ability to use words is lost, families need new ways to connect. Join us to explore how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s, learn to decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia, and identify strategies to help you connect and communicate at each stage of the disease.
Presented by Charlie Zoeller, Family Support Volunteer for the MA/NH Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association.
For several years since retirement, Charlie has volunteered for education and outreach for the Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, currently serving as a Family Support Volunteer. For 20 years he and his wife have been participating the annual fundraising Walks, now called Walk to End Alzheimer's. Besides making community education presentations he sits tables at outreach events for the chapter. He has also participated in several Alzheimer's TrialMatch research projects.
Before retiring, Charlie served as Alzheimer’s Care Director at Golden LivingCenter (GLC) in Lexington, MA. In prior years he served as Associate Program Director for the VT/NH Alzheimer’s Association Chapter, as an Administrator in two residential care/assisted living homes in New Hampshire, one specializing in dementia-care, and in private geriatric care management, specializing in Alzheimer’s. He has trained professional caregivers and Support Group leaders. And he has designed and presented educational programs to general community groups and to Caregiver Support groups about Alzheimer's and Alzheimer's care. He has also led Support groups for Alzheimer's care-partners.
Charlie enjoys sharing information and resources to help family caregivers and the general public. He receives uniformly high praise for his presentation clarity, ability to use humor, engage his audiences and be responsive to their questions.
He has been married for 48 years, has two adult children and one granddaughter. He and his wife Florence have lived in Derry, New Hampshire since 1986. He is active in local, area and state civic, cultural, charity and political affairs, including AARP, The Derry Recreation Department, New Hampshire Humanities and Community Caregivers of Greater Derry.