The Dementia Caregiver

A Guide to Caring for Someone with Alzheimer's Disease and Other Neurocognitive Disorders

Author: Marc E. Agronin

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1442231920

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 248

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Alzheimer’s and related forms of dementia are on the rise, and the need for competent caregivers will grow alongside the increased rates of diagnoses. This book focuses on what caregivers need to know to help manage the medical, physical, emotional, and practical needs of their charges, as well as themselves.

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

Inside the Dementia Epidemic

A Daughter's Memoir

Author: Martha Stettinius

Publisher: Dundee-Lakemont Press

ISBN: 0984932623

Category: Alzheimer's disease

Page: 372

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The unflinching and hopeful story of one woman's journey into family caregiving, and a vivid overview of the challenges of Alzheimer's care. With the passion of a committed daughter and the fervor of a tireless reporter, Martha Stettinius weaves this compelling story of caregiving for her demented mother with a broad exploration of the causes of Alzheimer's disease, means of treating it, and hopes for preventing it. She shares the lessons she's learned over seven years of caregiving at home, in assisted living, a rehabilitation center, a "memory care" facility for people living with dementia, and a nursing home--lessons not just about how to navigate the system, but how caregiving helped the author to grow closer to her mother, and to learn to nurture her mother's spirit through the most advanced stages of dementia.

Creating Joy and Meaning for the Dementia Patient

A Caregiver's Guide to Connection and Hope

Author: Ronda Parsons

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1442227567

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 232

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Creating Joy and Meaning for the Dementia Patient offers a positive approach to dementia care, one that will help caregivers connect the patient’s understanding to the world around him/her, so that even small triumphs can help to bridge the gap from the darkness of dementia to the integrity of the life of the patient.

The Common Sense Guide to Dementia For Clinicians and Caregivers

Author: Anne M. Lipton,Cindy D. Marshall

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 1461441625

Category: Medical

Page: 206

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The Common Sense Guide to Dementia for Clinicians and Caregivers provides an easy-to-read, practical, and thoughtful approach to dementia care. Written by two specialists who have cared for thousands of patients with dementia and their families, this ground-breaking title unifies the perspectives of neurology and psychiatry to meet a variety of caregiver needs. It spotlights many real-world concerns not typically covered in standard textbooks, while simultaneously presenting a more detailed medical perspective than typical caregiver manuals. This handy title offers expert guidance for the clinical management of dementia and compassionate support of patients and families. Designed to enhance the physician-caregiver interaction and liberally illustrated with case examples, The Common Sense Guide espouses general principles of dementia care that apply across the stages and spectrum of this illness, including non-Alzheimer's types of dementia, in addition to Alzheimer's disease. Clinicians, family members, and other caregivers will find this volume useful from the moment that symptoms of dementia emerge. The authors place an emphasis on caring for the caregiver as well as the patient. Essential topics include how to find the right clinician, make the most of a doctor's visit, and avert a crisis - or manage one that can't be avoided. Sometimes difficult considerations, such as driving, financial management, legal matters, long-term placement, and end-of-life care, are faced head-on. Tried, true, and time-saving tips are explained in terms of what works - and what doesn't - with regard to clinical evaluation, medications, behavioral measures, and alternate therapies. Medical, nursing, and allied health care professionals will undoubtedly turn to this unique overview as a vital resource and mainstay of clinical dementia care, as well as a valuable recommendation for family caregivers.

When a Family Member Has Dementia

Steps to Becoming a Resilient Caregiver

Author: Susan McCurry,Linda Teri

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780275985745

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 166

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Describes a set of core principles that will help caregivers become more spontaneous and flexible in their responses to the daily challenges of dementia care.

Love in the Land of Dementia

Finding Hope in the Caregiver's Journey

Author: Deborah Shouse

Publisher: Central Recovery Press, LLC

ISBN: 1937612503

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 180

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Caregiver Shouse celebrates spiritual and practical lessons learned on her unscripted yet rewarding journey with her mother through Alzheimer's disease.

Dementia Sucks

A Caregiver's Journey - With Lessons Learned

Author: Tracey S. Lawrence

Publisher: Post Hill Press

ISBN: 168261672X

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 355

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“Not buying it, huh?” My mother acknowledged her assertion that the woman she pointed out at the rehab center as being her dead husband was a bit of a stretch. But this was the kind of conversation I had with Mom as her cognitive abilities declined and her psychosis fully bloomed. The true, heart-wrenching, and yet hilarious stories at the center of Dementia Sucks were borne of a journal and blog that author Tracey Lawrence kept as her mother transformed from classic Jewish mother, to mildly forgetful Floridian grandma, to geriatric delinquent removed by police for knife-play at a rehabilitation facility. Really. Tracey’s journey takes her from being an established graphic artist in northern New Jersey through bouts of full-time, hands-on caregiving of both her aging parents. She discusses many of the common challenges families face, and provides a humorous and highly educational perspective on her emotionally charged ride through geriatric illnesses, doctors, hospitals, insurance, facilities, family dynamics, and much more. Anyone who has family members they care about will want to read this book. Whether dementia visits or not, some aspect of Tracey’s caregiving journey will likely resonate with, amuse, and enlighten you. The trick to surviving loss after loss is to find the humor in it all and avoid punching anyone, least of all yourself. This irreverent look shows you the way.

Diary of a Caregiver

The Dementia Journey

Author: Rex T. Young

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1984511424

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 218

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In 2009, my wife of over fifty-eight years was diagnosed with dementia with Alzheimers symptoms. My caregiving responsibilities began before that time and continued until her death in January 2018. She was provided care in her own home. As time went by, the caregiver duties became more and more demanding. It was truly twenty-four hours each day and seven days each week. My sweetheart was referred to the hospice program as a patient beginning in 2013 with a life expectancy of six months or less. At the time of her passing, she had been a hospice patient for four years, eleven months, and five days. The Diary of a Caregiver begins with her entry into the hospice program and continues until her death. Caregiving can be very frustrating at times as one never knows what to expect or when to expect it. The Diary of a Caregiver identifies many of the problems and frustrations associated with care of a dementia patient. It also identifies different techniques and solutions to some of those problems. It should be of interest to anyone who is involved in caregiving, especially those who are just beginning.

Dementia Caregivers Share Their Stories

A Support Group in a Book

Author: Lynda A. Markut,Anatole Crane

Publisher: Vanderbilt University Press

ISBN: 9780826514806

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 253

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Filled with practical advice and innovative approaches to problem-solving, this essential guidebook presents the powerful words of people who have had to care for a parent or spouse with dementia. The interviewees talk about the challenges faced during every step in the caregiving process, from recognizing early symptoms of dementia to dealing with its advanced stages.

Let's Talk Dementia

A Caregiver's Guide

Author: Carol L. Howell

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781514789322


Page: 110

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Let's Talk Dementia! Carol Howell, a Certified Dementia Specialist and caregiver to her mother, helps to educate the reader on the various forms of dementia. She also provides hands-on tips that make life easier for the caregiver and better for the loved one with dementia. The book is scattered with "smiles" that brighten the day. The author reminds the readers of her motto-"Knowledge brings POWER. Power brings HOPE, and HOPE brings SMILES." You've just got to laugh! "Let's Talk Dementia is an informative and reassuring guide that will help you through what, for many people, can seem like an overwhelming challenge. By making medical information easy to understand and providing practical tips for dealing with countless day-to-day situations, this handy book gives you everything you need." - Dr. Neal Barnard, MD, Best Selling Author and frequent guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, CBS Morning Show, and many others "This is a well written book for the families affected by Alzheimer's disease. It is easy to understand and provides excellent education and guidance to the caregivers in their struggle to manage their relatives. This should be a must read for anyone involved in Alzheimer's care." - M. Reza Bolouri, MD "Spot on advice from someone who knows dementia. If someone you love has dementia, you need this book." - Dr. Steve Oehme Published in connection with Hartline Literary Agency, serving the Christian book community. Visit us at

Grace for the Unexpected Journey

A 60-Day Devotional for Alzheimer's and Other Dementia Caregivers

Author: Deborah Barr

Publisher: Moody Publishers

ISBN: 0802496334

Category: Religion

Page: 304

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For the weary dementia or Alzheimer's caregiver If you are a caregiver to someone with Alzheimer’s or another type of dementia, you carry a heavy load. On top of having to watch someone you love suffer, you are probably losing sleep, growing frustrated, and struggling with loneliness or even depression. With little to no help and no time for a break, this unrelenting stress is hard to carry. Whether that’s you or someone you know, the caregiver needs care, too. Grace for the Unexpected Journey: A 60-Day Devotional for Alzheimer’s and Other Dementia Caregivers provides that support. Each daily devotion: Is short, ideal for demanding schedules Reflects on a relevant Scripture passage Features a relatable caregiving story Offers a key Scripture for meditation Debbie Barr is a speaker, health educator, and the author of multiple books, including Keeping Love Alive As Memory Fades (coauthored with New York Times bestselling author Gary Chapman). As a health educator with a deep concern and compassion for dementia caregivers, she saw their need for faith-based encouragement. With compassion and understanding she uses Scriptures to address their practical hardships and spiritual concerns. When the struggles seem insurmountable, this devotional offers strength. When stress floods in, it points to peace. And when darkness falls, it illuminates hope. Caregivers walk a long, difficult road. This devotional gives grace for their journey.

Innovative Interventions To Reduce Dementia Caregiver Distress

A Clinical Guide

Author: David W. Coon, PhD,Dolores Gallagher-Thompson, PhD, ABPP,Larry W. Thompson, PhD

Publisher: Springer Publishing Company

ISBN: 9780826148025

Category: Medical

Page: 328

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Increasing evidence has demonstrated that caregivers of dementia victims are at risk for depression and other medical problems. In what ways can health care providers improve or maintain the well-being of dementia caregivers? This volume provides an overview of emerging themes in dementia caregiving research and presents a broad array of practical strategies for reducing caregiver distress, including interventions for specific populations such as ethnic minority caregivers, male caregivers, and caregivers with diverse sexual orientations. Innovative approaches include the value of partnering with primary care physicians to improve quality of life for both patient and caregiver and the use of technological advances to help distressed caregivers. A timely, cutting edge book written for clinicians of varying backgrounds who provide direct services to families of dementia victims. For Further Information, Please Click Here!

The 36-Hour Day

A Family Guide to Caring for People Who Have Alzheimer Disease, Other Dementias, and Memory Loss

Author: Nancy L. Mace,Peter V. Rabins

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 1421422247

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 416

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Through five editions, The 36-Hour Day has been an essential resource for families who love and care for people with Alzheimer disease. Whether a person has Alzheimer disease or another form of dementia, he or she will face a host of problems. The 36-Hour Day will help family members and caregivers address these challenges and simultaneously cope with their own emotions and needs. Featuring useful takeaway messages and informed by recent research into the causes of and the search for therapies to prevent or cure dementia, this edition includes new information on • devices to make life simpler and safer for people who have dementia• strategies for delaying behavioral and neuropsychiatric symptoms• changes in Medicare and other health care insurance laws• palliative care, hospice care, durable power of attorney, and guardianship• dementia due to traumatic brain injury• choosing a residential care facility• support groups for caregivers, friends, and family members The central idea underlying the book—that much can be done to improve the lives of people with dementia and of those caring for them—remains the same. The 36-Hour Day is the definitive dementia care guide. -- Jeffrey Cummings, MD, ScD, Director, Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health

What If It's Not Alzheimer's? (Updated and Revised)

A Caregiver's Guide to Dementia

Author: Lisa Radin,Gary Radin

Publisher: Prometheus Books

ISBN: 1615920137

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: N.A

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Includes Vital Information on Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD)Foreword by John Q. Trojanowski, MD, PhD, Director, Alzheimer's Disease Center, University of Pennsylvania HospitalAlthough the public most often associates dementia with Alzheimer's disease, the medical profession now distinguishes various types of other dementias. This book is the first comprehensive guide dealing with frontotemporal dementia (FTD), one of the largest groups of non-Alzheimer's dementias. The contributors are either specialists in their fields or have exceptional hands-on experience with FTD sufferers.Beginning with a focus on the medical facts, the first part defines and explores FTD as an illness distinct from Alzheimer's disease. Also considered are clinical and medical care issues and practices, as well as such topics as finding a medical team and rehabilitation interventions. The next section on managing care examines the daily care routine including exercise, socialization, adapting the home environment, and behavioral issues. In the following section on caregiver resources, the contributors identify professional and government assistance programs along with private resources and legal options.This newly revised edition follows recent worldwide collaboration in research and provides the most current medical information available, a better understanding of the different classifications of FTD, and more clarity regarding the role of genetics. A completely new chapter 5 enlightens the reader about the various drugs that are now being used with FTD patients and also delves into a number of nonmedical options. The wealth of information offered in these pages will help both healthcare professionals and caregivers of someone suffering from frontotemporal dementia.Lisa Radin and her son, Gary Radin, provided complete care for father and husband Neil Radin over a four-year period. Based on this firsthand experience with a devastating illness, they compiled this collection of expert articles on FTD by medical specialists, healthcare professionals, and fellow caregivers. Gary and Lisa founded in 1998 the Neil L. Radin Caregivers Relief Foundation and were both involved in planning and coordinating the Multidisciplinary Conference on Picks Disease & Frontotemporal Dementia held in May 1999 in Philadelphia; the proceedings of this conference were published in Neurology. Lisa also provided organizational support for the Frontotemporal Dementia and Pick's Disease Criteria Conference held at the National Institutes of Health in July 2000 in Bethesda, MD.

A Caregiver's Guide to Dementia

Using Activities and Other Strategies to Prevent, Reduce and Manage Behavioral Symptoms

Author: Laura Na Gitlin,Catherine Verrier Piersol

Publisher: Camino Books

ISBN: 9781933822907

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 100

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A Caregiver's Guide to Dementia explores the use of activities and other techniques to prevent, reduce and otherwise manage the behavioral symptoms of dementia. Sections cover daily activities, effective communication with patients, especially difficult behaviors, strategies to deal with agitation, repetitive questions, acting out, wandering, restlessness, hoarding, resistance to care, incontinence, destructiveness, sexually and socially inappropriate acts, aggressions, depression, sleep disturbances and home safety.

An Unintended Journey

A Caregiver's Guide to Dementia

Author: Janet Yagoda Shagam

Publisher: Prometheus Books

ISBN: 1616147520

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 427

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According to the 2009 census, more than five million people living in the United States have Alzheimer's disease or some other form of dementia. Not reported in these statistics are the fifteen million family caregivers who, in total, contribute seventeen billion hours of unpaid care each year. This book addresses the needs and challenges faced by adult children and other family members who are scrambling to make sense of what is happening to themselves and the loved ones in their care. The author, an experienced medical and science writer known for her ability to clearly explain complex and emotionally sensitive topics, is also a former family caregiver herself. Using both personal narrative and well-researched, expert-verified content, she guides readers through the often-confusing and challenging world of dementia care. She carefully escorts caregivers through the basics of dementia as a brain disorder, its accompanying behaviors, the procedures used to diagnose and stage the disease, and the legal aspects of providing care for an adult who is no longer competent. She also covers topics not usually included in other books on dementia: family dynamics, caregiver burnout, elder abuse, incontinence, finances and paying for care, the challenges same-sex families face, and coping with the eventuality of death and estate management. Each chapter begins with a real-life vignette taken from the author's personal experience and concludes with "Frequently Asked Questions" and "Worksheets" sections. The FAQs tackle specific issues and situations that often make caregiving such a challenge. The worksheets are a tool to help readers organize, evaluate, and self-reflect. A glossary of terms, an appendix, and references for further reading give readers a command of the vocabulary clinicians use and access to valuable resources. From the Trade Paperback edition.