Sherry, this is the ultimate on the job training! I have read stacks of books on the subject. They are helpful in their way but it is the people who are dealing with this disease that gives me the best information.... or doing it myself. Each situation is different and you have to take in everything you can learn, then sort it out and apply only what works for you. If you try something and it doesn't work, that is not a failure. You have just eliminated one method and go on to the next. You have to take into account the abilities and inabilities of your loved one.... as well as your abilities and inabilities. Just know it will all go better if you can maintain a positive state of mine!
Mom responds better to my voice than produced music. Lately I have plugged the ipod in my ears and sing along. One ear bud in one ear and the other listening to Mom
Thursday, even though she can not speak, she continued to hum the tune after I stopped.... and that brought a huge smile to my face. So try different things. You will hit on something.