Description: The five love languages have revitalized relationships and improved marriages on the brink of disaster. This training will provide an overview of the five love languages and explore how partners can utilize this knowledge to better speak one another’s love language as well as address problems that may arise when love languages are either not understood or ignored. In addition, the innovative application of the five love languages will be explored as a way to help individuals, couples, and families coping with the devastating diagnosis of dementia cultivate an emotional connection amid memory loss.
Presenter Bio: Edward G. Shaw, MD, MA, is dually trained as a physician and a mental health counselor. He was a practicing academic radiation oncologist for 23 years, specializing in the treatment of adults and children with brain cancer. During that time, he published 175 research articles, 25 book chapters, and co-edited 2 books. In 2008, his wife Rebecca was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease at age 54. In 2010, inspired by Rebecca’s journey, his medical interest shifted to dementia diagnosis and treatment, and with his additional training in mental health counseling, he founded the Memory Counseling Program, part of the Section on Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine at Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, which serves individuals, couples, and families affected by Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia. A career-long cognitive function researcher, Ed’s expertise on brain anatomy and function as well as mental health diagnosis and treatment were invaluable assets to the writing of the book ” Keeping Love Alive as Memories Fade: The 5 Love Languages and the Alzheimer’s Journey” by Deborah Barr, Edward Shaw, and Gary Chapman Keeping Love Alive As Memories Fade.” His moving personal story of caring for his wife, coupled with his innovative use of the five love languages in dementia counseling, inspired the central message of the book.