Adapting to Alzheimer's
Author: Sherry Lynn Harris
Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub
True life examples provide hope, guidance, and inspiration in “Adapting to Alzheimer's" - Support for When Your Parent Becomes Your Child. Empowering caregivers by providing must-have information, tools, and encouragement, it also gives ideas for adapting that can reduce stress and create joy. Sherry Lynn Harris details immediately useful advice as someone who has been there and knows from experience how to support a loved one through the disease's various stages. She poignantly describes how she cared for her mother for 18 years, discovering many innovative ideas, including ways to help caregivers cope emotionally. Ethical questions are explored, such as remuneration and resuscitation, as well as many suggestions on how to create fun playful moments. This guidebook can sustain the caregiver through many difficult issues including: Recognizing warning signals; Simplifying the environment to safely remain at home as long as possible; Putting financial and legal affairs in order; Evaluating when a move is necessary; Taking the car keys away; Using play and music to keep the brain active; and Calming ideas to avoid aggression. Easily understood descriptions of scientific studies describe what can be done to encourage brain health in those with Alzheimer's disease (AD), such as the positive effects of listening to music, and the benefits of dancing. This book offers many ways to provide support to your loved one with Alzheimer's, not only advising what can be done at each stage, but explaining how to do it. This is particularly helpful in areas which may be new to you, such as the financial steps that need to be taken or end-of-life issues. This book sustains the caregiver through every stage of the AD experience, preparing them for what can be expected and providing ideas for adapting, making their job tremendously easier. A portion of each book sold is sent to the Alzheimer's Association in gratitude.
At first, Ken Abraham wrote off his mother's changes in behavior as quirks that just come with old age. There was memory loss, physical decline, hygiene issues, paranoia, and uncharacteristic attitudes. He soon realized that dementia had changed her life—and his familiy's—forever. "How is it possible to lose a loved one while he or she is still living, still sitting right in front of you, talking with you, smiling at you—and yet the person you have known and loved for years is somehow gone?" According to the Alzheimer's Association, an estimated 5.4 million Americans of all ages have Alzheimer's disease. That's one in eight older Americans. More than likely, that figure includes someone you know and love. As he chronicles his own mother's degenerative condition, New York Times best-selling writer Ken Abraham educates while offering inspiration to help readers cope with and manage their family circumstances. With humor and spiritual reminders of God's command to honor our parents, Abraham encourages readers through often-difficult responsibilities. And though in most cases patients will not recover this side of heaven, he suggests many practical things that families can do to make the experience safer, kinder, and more endurable for everyone involved. When Your parent Becomes Your Child tells the story of one family's journey through dementia while offering hope to family members and friends, that they might better understand the effects of the disease. Dont let this catch you by surprise—be informed before you face the challenges and difficulties of a loved one with Alzheimer's or dementia. This book can help.
In Caring for a Loved One with Alzheimer's Disease: A Christian Perspective, pastors and caregivers will discover a journal-like account of a daughter's initial difficulties in dealing with her mother's increasing dementia. You will also find practical day-to-day tips for living with senile dementia. This book provides comfort as well as support and an honest description of the emotions you may be forced to come to terms with while dealing with a loved one or parishioner with Alzheimer's disease.
Author: Anne P. Hill
"There are many books written about Alzheimer's disease. The concise nature and easy readability of this book will make it an effective tool for family members with a parent who has dementia. The upbeat nature and 'Tips' section at the end of each chapter helps the book read in much the same way that a supportive conversation with a friend would be to the reader. I heartily recommend this book to the adult children of my patients with Alzheimer's disease."-Kevin R. Smith, MD, assistant professor of psychiatry, director of Geriatric Psychiatry Clinic, Oregon Health & Sciences University, Portland For adult children of parents struggling with Alzheimer's disease, finding useful tips and suggestions for dealing with everyday challenges can be difficult. "Unforgettable Journey: Tips to Survive Your Parent's Alzheimer's Disease" provides an easy-to-read, concise compellation of author Anne P. Hill's experiences coping with her mother's illness. Hill details the specific methods she used to understand and manage the daily trials of caring for her mother. Broken down into small chapters, Hill focuses on each step of the Alzheimer's journey and offers a compassionate, intimate, and insightful glimpse into the life of those who suffer from Alzheimer's-both patient and caretaker. ------ Illustrations by Jane Zwinger An audio book of Unforgettable Journey: Tips to Survive Your Parent’s Alzheimer’s Disease is available from the author at http://www.luminsong.com/unforgettable/>
Measure of the Heart
Author: Mary Ellen Geist
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Mary Ellen Geist decided to leave her job as a CBS Radio anchor to return home to Michigan when her father's Alzheimer's got to be too much for her mother to shoulder alone. She chose to live her life by a different set of priorities: to be guided by her heart, not by outside accomplishment and recognition. The New York Times wrote a front page story on Mary Ellen on Thanksgiving 2005. It was one of the most e-mailed stories for the month. Through her own story and through interviews with doctors and other women who've followed the "Daughter Track"--leaving a job to care for an aging parent--Geist offers emotional insights on how to encourage interaction with the loved one you're caring for; how to determine daily tasks that are achievable and rewarding; how the personality of the patient affects the caregiving and the progression of the diseases; as well as invaluable advice about how caregivers can take care of themselves while accomplishing the Herculean task of constantly caring for others. Geist's years in journalism allow her to report on Boomers' caretaking dilemmas with professional objectivity, and her warm voice brings compassion and insight to one of the most difficult stituations a son or daughter may face during his or her life.
Learning to Speak Alzheimer's
Author: Joanne Koenig Coste, Robert N. Butler
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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.
Talking to Alzheimer's
Author: Claudia Strauss
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Alzheimer's can have a devastating impact on a patient's close relationships and all too often, family members and friends feel so uncomfortable that they end up dreading visits, or simply give up trying to stay in contact with the patient. This book offers a wealth of practical things you can do to stay connected with the Alzheimer's patient in your life. It offers straightforward suggestions and invaluable do's and don'ts, with advice on everything from dealing effectively with the inevitable repetition that occurs in conversations with an Alzheimer's patient to helpful strategies for saying no to unrealistic demands. It also includes thoughtful tips to remind you to take care of your own feelings and suggestions for helping children become comfortable with visiting an Alzheimer's sufferer.
Author: Kae Hammond
Publisher: Kae Hammond
Possibly the best rescue plan you've ever read.If you are caring for someone with Alzheimers Disease or Related Dementias,PathwaysPathwaysPathways"You have straightened out the curves and turns and false roads of the family caregiver maze. Accurate, useful, dependable, relevant, and reliable. You have done a yeoman's job and all of us who care for a person with dementia will be better for your efforts. PathwaysContact Us:For more information or immediate assistance, contact us at (877) 699-3456 or visit www.dementiahelpcenter.com
A Son's Handbook
Author: Stephen W. Hoag, Ph.D.
Publisher: Inspiring Voices
A Son’s Handbook is the ten-year journey of a son as he cared for his mother with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Compelled by the love for his mother, author Stephen W. Hoag provides a tender, dramatic and often humorous account of the unforgettable years he shared with his mother as they faced the difficulties associated with her disease. His chronicled anecdotes and articulated moments will bring comfort to family members and care givers who must complete the daily tasks and overcome the obstacles accompanying the care of those afflicted with this illness. There are approximately five million Americans who suffer from Alzheimer’s and dementia and the vast majority of these people rely on family members - particularly sons and daughters - for their care. There is no vaccine or procedure that will cure this disease that first takes the mind and then takes the body. Our only weapon against its ravages is love. To be sure, one of the greatest manifestations and demonstrations of love that a person may experience in life is the caring for a parent with this infirmity. Each experience described in this personal account led Stephen Hoag to write a “Son’s Rule” at the end of each chapter, a fitting approach to being forever positive and insightful in moments of great challenge.
The Alzheimer's Workbook is an in-depth, easy to use guide to help caregivers track, document and understand the behaviors of a loved one with Alzheimer's Disease and other dementia disorders. * Helps caregivers track the Alzheimer's person through the 3 stages of the disease. * Space for notes to chronicle the progression of the disease. * Hundreds of practical, common sense problem solving suggestions to ease the stress of both caregivers and the person with Alzheimer's. The Alzheimer's Workbook was written by Elizabeth Cochran, a home health nurse and case manager with a Masters Degree in Health Education who cared for her mother-in-law for four years in her home.
Author: Prof Ralph Martins
Publisher: Macmillan Publishers Aus.
Understanding Alzheimer's is a practical guide for the hundreds of thousands of Australians dealing with this extremely challenging condition. Each week, 1500 Australians are diagnosed with Alzheimer's or a dementia-related illness. This timely book answers many of the common questions asked by carers, patients and the public, including: · How is Alzheimer's diagnosed? · Is it possible to prevent and/or slow down the disease? · What are the risk factors for contracting Alzheimer's? · What are the best current treatments, and what is the research telling us about new treatments? · How can diet, physical activity and mental exercise be used to help manage the disease? · What are the emotional and legal issues around caring for someone with Alzheimer's? Drawing on some of Australia's top experts in the field, and containing numerous personal stories and a section on where to get help, this guide offers the best and latest medical information as well as compassionate and reassuring advice for those whose lives are affected by Alzheimer's.
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.
#1 New York Times Bestseller 2014 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST In her first memoir, New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast brings her signature wit to the topic of aging parents. Spanning the last several years of their lives and told through four-color cartoons, family photos, and documents, and a narrative as rife with laughs as it is with tears, Chast's memoir is both comfort and comic relief for anyone experiencing the life-altering loss of elderly parents. When it came to her elderly mother and father, Roz held to the practices of denial, avoidance, and distraction. But when Elizabeth Chast climbed a ladder to locate an old souvenir from the "crazy closet†?-with predictable results-the tools that had served Roz well through her parents' seventies, eighties, and into their early nineties could no longer be deployed. While the particulars are Chast-ian in their idiosyncrasies-an anxious father who had relied heavily on his wife for stability as he slipped into dementia and a former assistant principal mother whose overbearing personality had sidelined Roz for decades-the themes are universal: adult children accepting a parental role; aging and unstable parents leaving a family home for an institution; dealing with uncomfortable physical intimacies; managing logistics; and hiring strangers to provide the most personal care. An amazing portrait of two lives at their end and an only child coping as best she can, Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant will show the full range of Roz Chast's talent as cartoonist and storyteller.
Although 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 and only comprehensive guide dealing with frontotemporal degeneration (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. The final section focuses on the caregiver, in particular the need for respite and the challenge of managing emotions. This new, completely 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. The wealth of information offered in these pages will help both healthcare professionals and caregivers of someone suffering from frontotemporal degeneration.