Living Your Best with Early-stage Alzheimer's

An Essential Guide

Author: Lisa Snyder

Publisher: Sunrise River Press

ISBN: 1934716189

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 283

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Recent medical advances have made it possible to diagnose Alzheimer's when symptoms are only mild. New drugs are under investigation to help slow progression of the disease, and there is hope on the horizon for more effective treatments to keep the disease at bay. Today, when a person is diagnosed with Alzheimer's, they may have many years ahead with only mild symptoms. The result is that a growing number of people with early-stage Alzheimer's are seeking information about how to take charge of their diagnosis, manage symptoms, and cope effectively with the disease. This book fills an enormous void by providing a straightforward, practical guide on coping with the diagnosis, effectively managing symptoms, finding meaningful activity, planning for the future, strategies for easier communication, participating in research and clinical trials, and much more. This book is a working guide to help the person with Alzheimer's feel empowered to move forward in life in light of this challenging diagnosis.

Developing Support Groups for Individuals with Early-stage Alzheimer's Disease

Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation

Author: Robyn Yale

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781878812261

Category: Medical

Page: 231

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Traditionally, much of the literature on Alzheimer's disease has focused on caregivers rather than on people with dementia. Now, this innovative book shows readers how to help people with Alzheimer's disease by implementing support groups that meet their needs. This important reference provides step-by-step guidelines and ready-to-use forms for developing, facilitating, and administering effective supprt groups for people in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease. Based on the research and clinical experience of Robyn Yale, whose pioneering work in this field has become a model for the development of support groups around the country, Developing Support Groups for Individuals with Early-Stage Alzheimer's Disease shows how to select group participants, train group facilitator's, and address administrative concerns. Supplemented by role plays for practicing ways to handle difficult situations, this helpful book is an invaluable resource for social workers, adult day care providers, researchers, Alzheimer's Association chapter staff, and other health care professionals working with people in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease.

Counseling People with Early-stage Alzheimer's Disease

A Powerful Process of Transformation

Author: Robyn Yale

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781938870071

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 180

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People with early dementia face enormous challenges in coping with their condition, yet they typically receive no personalized education or support following the diagnosis. Counseling empowers them to understand and come to terms with the illness while also learning to manage and make healthy adaptations to it. With the rapid increase in people diagnosed with early memory impairment and demand for better support services this groundbreaking new guide gives you essential tools to become an integral partner in a process that helps people adjust to the many changes in their lives. Presenting an innovative new counseling framework designed around the unique problems and needs arising from dementia, 'Counseling People with Early-Stage Alzheimer s Disease' guides the counselor and client through the many emotional, practical, and lifestyle issues to be faced.

A Personal Guide to Living with Progressive Memory Loss

Author: Prudence Twigg,Sandy Burgener

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 9781846427190

Category: Social Science

Page: 160

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Memory loss can create problems in every aspect of a person's life. The challenge of communicating thoughts and feelings can be made even harder by other people's negative perceptions of dementia. This book provides practical guidance for coping with progressive memory loss, and includes examples of real people who have faced similar challenges. These stories highlight both good and bad ways to deal with the problems that arise, and are also useful for describing the experiences of memory loss to friends and family. The authors suggest ways of maintaining physical and mental health by staying active and engaged in society. They also offer techniques for improving communication, preserving self-esteem and overcoming the stigma associated with memory loss. A Personal Guide to Living with Progressive Memory Loss offers inspiration and advice for anyone in the early stages of dementia. It also provides useful insight for family and friends who wish to offer support for a loved one affected by progressive memory loss.

Losing My Mind

An Intimate Look at Life with Alzheimer's

Author: Thomas DeBaggio

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0743216725

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 224

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When Tom DeBaggio turned fifty-seven in 1999, he thought he was about to embark on the relaxing golden years of retirement -- time to spend with his family, his friends, the herb garden he had spent decades cultivating and from which he made a living. Then, one winter day, he mentioned to his doctor during a routine exam that he had been stumbling into forgetfulness, making his work difficult. After that fateful visit, and a subsequent battery of tests over several months, DeBaggio joined the legion of twelve million others afflicted with Alzheimer's disease. But under such a curse, DeBaggio was also given one of the greatest gifts: the ability to chart the ups and downs of his own failing mind. Losing My Mind is an extraordinary first-person account of early onset Alzheimer's -- the form of the disease that ravages younger, more alert minds. DeBaggio started writing on the first day of his diagnosis and has continued despite his slipping grasp on one of life's greatest treasures, memory. In an inspiring and detailed account, DeBaggio paints a vivid picture of the splendor of memory and the pain that comes from its loss. Whether describing the happy days of a youth spent in a much more innocent time or evaluating how his disease has affected those around him, DeBaggio poignantly depicts one of the most important parts of our lives -- remembrance -- and how we often take it for granted. But to DeBaggio, memory is more than just an account of a time long past, it is one's ability to function, to think, and ultimately, to survive. As his life becomes reduced to moments of clarity, the true power of thought and his ability to connect to the world shine through, and in DeBaggio's case, it is as much in the lack of functioning as it is in the ability to function that one finds love, hope and the relaxing golden years of peace. At once an autobiography, a medical history and a testament to the beauty of memory, Losing My Mind is more than just a story of Alzheimer's, it is the captivating tale of one man's battle to stay connected with the world and his own life.

The 24-Hour Rule

Living with Alzheimer's

Author: Cheryl Levin-Folio

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781537316468


Page: 256

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When Michael Folio was in his mid-fifties, he was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's. Naturally, he and his wife, Cheryl Levin-Folio, couldn't believe the news. But instead of running away from shock and fear of the unknown that accompanies such a diagnosis, the two let it sink in for a day and then created a plan to fight and do everything in their power to preserve, enhance and lengthen Michael's life. The 24-Hour Rule: Living with Alzheimer's is their positive, energetic, life-changing story. The book will help you care for your loved one with Alzheimer's and care for yourself, an equally essential component for managing the disease. Each chapter contains tips, strategies, and Cheryl's insights and personal experiences, all of which will help those afflicted with this devastating disease-and their caregivers-live from one day to the next with as much peace, enjoyment and dignity as possible. "Michael is demonstrating wonderful results compared to many patients at similar ages and stages of the illness. The menu of activities that Cheryl has assembled along with Michael's optimistic attitude have made this possible. Everything Michael and Cheryl are doing with their dedicated approach can help anyone affected with Alzheimer's. Unlike many books that focus on frightening aspects of future decline, The 24-Hour Rule: Living with Alzheimer's contains a wide range of helpful strategies for living every day to the fullest. I look forward to offering this enthusiastic how-to guide as a resource for all of our patients and families at the USF Health Byrd Alzheimer's Institute!" -Amanda G. Smith, M.D. - Medical Director USF Health Byrd Alzheimer's Institute - University of South Florida Health Byrd Alzheimer's Institute

The Complete Guide to Alzheimer's-proofing Your Home

Author: Mark L. Warner

Publisher: Purdue University Press

ISBN: 9781557532206

Category: Medical

Page: 477

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Shows how to create a home environment that helps cope with the difficulties associated with AD and related dementia. The author deals with both interior and exterior spaces, discussing problems and solutions associated with specific areas such as the kitchen, bathroom, corridors, patios and decks. Separate chapters focus on issues related to AD such as wandering, incontinence and access limitation.

Living with Alzheimer's

Managing Memory Loss, Identity, and Illness

Author: Renée L. Beard

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 1479849251

Category: Social Science

Page: 336

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News of Alzheimer’s disease is constantly in the headlines. Every day we hear heart-wrenching stories of people caring for a loved one who has become a shell of their former self, of projections about rising incidence rates, and of cures that are just around the corner. However, we don't see or hear from the people who actually have the disease. In Living with Alzheimer’s, Renée L. Beard argues that the exclusively negative portrayals of Alzheimer’s are grossly inaccurate. To understand what life with memory loss is really like, Beard draws on intensive observations of nearly 100 seniors undergoing cognitive evaluation, as well as post-diagnosis interviews with individuals experiencing late-in-life forgetfulness. Since we all forget sometimes, seniors with an Alzheimer’s diagnosis ultimately need to be socialized into medicalized interpretations of their forgetfulness. In daily life, people with the disease are forced to manage stigma and the presumption of incompetence on top of the actual symptoms of their ailment. The well-meaning public, and not their dementia, becomes the major barrier to a happy life for those affected. Beard also examines how these perceptions affect treatment for Alzheimer’s. Interviews with clinicians and staff from the Alzheimer’s Association reveal that despite the best of intentions, pejorative framings of life with dementia fuel both clinical practice and advocacy efforts. These professionals perpetuate narratives about “self-loss,” “impending cures,” and the economic and emotional “burden” to families and society even if they do not personally believe them. Yet, Beard also concludes that in spite of these trends, most of the diagnosed individuals in her study achieve a graceful balance between accepting the medical label and resisting the social stigma that accompanies it. In stark contrast to the messages we receive, this book provides an unprecedented view into the ways that people with early Alzheimer’s actively and deliberately navigate their lives.

Learning to Speak Alzheimer's

A Groundbreaking Approach for Everyone Dealing with the Disease

Author: Joanne Koenig Coste,Robert N. Butler

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780618485178

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 240

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A new approach to dealing with Alzheimer's disease offers a five step method for caring for people with progressive dementia, while offering hundreds of practical tips to ease life for patients and caregivers.

Alzheimer's from the Inside Out

Author: Richard Taylor

Publisher: N.A


Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 255

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Receiving a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease profoundly alters lives and creates endless uncertainty about the future. How does a person cope with such a life changing discovery? What are the hopes and fears of someone living with this disease? How does he want to be treated? How does he feel as the disease alters his brain, his relationships, and ultimately himself? The author provides illuminating responses to these and many other questions in this collection of provocative essays. Diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease at age 61, the former psychologist courageously shares an account of his slow transformation and deterioration and the growing division between his world and the world of others. With poignant clarity, candor, and even occasional humor, more than 80 brief essays address difficult issues faced by those with Alzheimer's disease, including the loss of independence and personhood, unwanted personality shifts, communication difficulties, changes in relationships with loved ones and friends, the declining ability to perform familiar tasks. This exploration into the world of individuals with Alzheimer's disease is for anyone affected personally or professionally by the devastating disease. Individuals with early stage Alzheimer's disease will take comfort in the voice of a fellow traveler experiencing similar challenges, frustrations, and triumphs. Family and professional caregivers will be enlightened by his revealing words, gaining a better understanding of an unfathomable world and how best to care for someone living in it.

Alzheimer's Early Stages

First Steps for Family, Friends and Caregivers

Author: Daniel Kuhn

Publisher: Hunter House

ISBN: 0897933974

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 306

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Autism Causes, Prevention and Treatment

Vitamin D Deficiency and the Explosive Rise of Autism Spectrum Disorder

Author: John J Cannell, MD

Publisher: Sunrise River Press

ISBN: 1934716464

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 208

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Autism affects 1 in every 68 American newborns. Cases of autism are increasing at a rate of 12% every year and families spend up to $100,000 per year to manage this disease; lifetime expenses may exceed $3 million per sufferer. What has changed to cause this rapid rise in the incidence of autism spectrum disorder? Who’s the most susceptible? And what can be done about it? In this truly groundbreaking work, autism researcher John Cannell, MD, provides the most comprehensive and compelling explanation to date regarding the causes, prevention strategies, and treatment protocols that, in many cases, reverse autistic symptoms. Cannell, founder of the Vitamin D Council, draws on decades of research to make the strong case that vitamin D is very important in preventing autism and that high doses of vitamin D can be quite successful in treating some people with an autism spectrum disorder. He provides a thorough explanation of the relationship between autism and vitamin D, dispels many of the existing theories related to causes of autism, and presents a solid foundation for a revolutionary new approach to preventing and treating autism. Also included is a thorough discussion about obtaining safe levels of vitamin D through supplementation, sunlight, and diet. Heartwarming and encouraging case studies round out this innovative new book.

Love, Loss, and Laughter

Seeing Alzheimer's Differently

Author: Cathy Greenblat

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 0762784024

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 176

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See the BBC’s slideshow of photos from Love, Loss, and Laughter.

Living in the Labyrinth

A Personal Journey Through the Maze of Alzheimer's

Author: Diana McGowin

Publisher: Delta

ISBN: 030780464X

Category: Psychology

Page: 176

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Living In The Labyrinth is the story of how one woman found the strength and the courage to cope with a devastating disease that has afflicted five million Americans. Far from being an exercise in self-pity or a standard autobiography, this is an unflinching and ultimately uplifting look at a debilitating illness from the inside out.

The Last Marathon

Author: Ron Buerkle

Publisher: Page Publishing Inc

ISBN: 1642140880

Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

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The Last Marathon is the author’s experience of his descent into memory loss and his triumphs during his courageous battle back. His story highlights his positive attitude and his “can do” approach to overcoming obstacles he faced not only throughout his life but during his battle with Alzheimer’s. The book chronicles Alzheimer’s as Ron’s final challenge, which he visualizes as the ultimate race—his last marathon. Even though he understands he will lose the war, he continues to win many battles. This humorous, uplifting, and inspirational story encompasses the many successes as well as embraces the dark side of his race against this disease. The author’s incentive for writing the book is to encourage, support, and educate others and their families during their own race to the finish line. The Last Marathon includes the training techniques and lifestyle changes Ron applies to his daily routine. He and his doctors feel strongly these strategies are what have contributed to the disease’s slow progression and Ron’s continued high functioning despite his having virtually no memory.

Fast Facts for Dementia Care

What Nurses Need to Know in a Nutshell

Author: Carol A. Miller, MSN, RN-BC

Publisher: Springer Publishing Company

ISBN: 0826120377

Category: Medical

Page: 232

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This newest addition to the Fast Facts series is a succinct guide for nurses in adult health clinical settings on how to provide person-centered care for patients who have dementia as a concurrent condition. With an easy-access format, it offers the most up-to-date information on dementia and provides strategies for clinical management that facilitate the nurse's work while improving care for patients. The book presents specific care strategies for all stages of dementia and emphasizes relatively simple interventions that nurses can incorporate into their care plans to prevent problems or address them before they escalate. The guide distinguishes between dementia and conditions that mimic dementia, discusses issues related to specific care settings, presents person-centered strategies for families and care partners, and covers the assessment and management of pain, safety concerns, communication strategies, and ethical and legal issues. It additionally provides numerous resources that nurses can offer to caregivers. Fast Facts for Dementia Care will serve as a daily companion for all clinical nurses who work with older patients in any setting, including the emergency room, medical-surgical unit, medical office, and community mental health settings. Key Features: Easy to use and carry in all patient settings Provides communication techniques for different stages of dementia Describes numerous interventions for addressing issues such as pain, safety, behaviours, and ADLs Includes the ìFast Facts in a Nutshellî feature for quick reference Illustrates content with case vignettes

When Your Loved One Has Dementia

A Simple Guide for Caregivers

Author: Joy A. Glenner,Jean M. Stehman,Judith Davagnino

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 0801881137

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 137

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"A succinct, original tool for caregivers of people with Alzheimer disease and other dementias. Highly recommended." -- Peter V. Rabins, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, and co-author of The 36-Hour Day

Living with Mild Cognitive Impairment

A Guide to Maximizing Brain Health and Reducing Risk of Dementia

Author: Nicole D. Anderson,Kelly J. Murphy,Angela K. Troyer

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199978905

Category: Psychology

Page: 384

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One in ten adults over 65 has some form of mild cognitive impairment or MCI--thinking problems that go beyond those associated with normal aging, but that fall short of the serious impairments experienced by people with Alzheimer's Disease and other dementias. This is the first book written specifically for individuals with MCI, for their loved ones, and for the health care professionals who treat them. Written by three clinicians and researchers who have devoted their careers to MCI patients, this book provides up-to-date and reliable information on the nature of this disorder, how it may affect people, and what can be done about it. The authors explain how MCI is diagnosed and treated and they offer advice on how to improve cognitive health through diet and exercise, through social engagement, and through the use of practical, effective memory strategies. Throughout, case studies illustrate the real-life issues facing people living with MCI. The book includes "Questions to Ask Your Doctor," recommended readings and links to relevant websites, and worksheets to guide readers through healthy lifestyle changes.

What the hell happened to my brain?

Living Beyond Dementia

Author: Kate Swaffer

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 1784500739

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 340

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Kate Swaffer was just 49 years old when she was diagnosed with a form of younger onset dementia. In this book, she offers an all-too-rare first-hand insight into that experience, sounding a clarion call for change in how we ensure a better quality of life for people with dementia. Kate describes vividly her experiences of living with dementia, exploring the effects of memory difficulties, loss of independence, leaving long-term employment, the impact on her teenage sons, and the enormous impact of the dementia diagnosis on her sense of self. Never shying away from difficult issues, she tackles head-on stigma, inadequacies in care and support, and the media's role in perpetuating myths about dementia, suggesting ways in which we can include and empower people with the diagnosis. She also reflects on the ways in which her writing and dementia advocacy work have taken her on a process of self-discovery and enabled her to develop a new and meaningful personal identity. Kate's powerful words will challenge misconceptions about dementia, and open our eyes to new ways of supporting people with the diagnosis. A must read for people with dementia and their families as well as for professionals and carers.