36-Hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring for Persons with Alzheimer Disease, Related Dementing Illnesses, and Memory Loss in Later Life

36-Hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring for Persons with Alzheimer Disease, Related Dementing Illnesses, and Memory Loss in Later Life

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by Nancy L. Mace, Peter V. Rabins
     
 

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"Both a guide and a legend." -- Chicago Tribune

This best-selling book has remained the "bible" for families who are giving care to people with Alzheimer disease.

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"Both a guide and a legend." -- Chicago Tribune

This best-selling book has remained the "bible" for families who are giving care to people with Alzheimer disease.

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Reviewer: Ozlem Dubauskas, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This is a guidebook for everyone who deals with demented patients.
Purpose: The purpose is to enlighten the families of Alzheimer's patients as well as patients with other types of dementias, make them understand the patient and disease better, ease and improve their caregiving, inform them about expected consequences of the disease and suggest ways to manage the difficulties.
Audience: Audiences are family members and caregivers of demented patients and anyone who is in close contact with those patients. The book can also be helpful for primary care doctors, psychiatrists, psychiatry residents, nurses, social workers, and any clinician.
Features: The text covers basic information about dementia, particularly Alzheimer's type, most common problems related to those conditions, general principles and guidelines of caregiving, and new information on the financing and delivery of care. Additional information is provided about dementia research. The first two appendixes are designed to inform the reader about recent books, videos, web sides, addresses, and telephone numbers of U.S. and international organizations. The third appendix lists state offices of aging and nursing homes. The fourth appendix includes nursing home residents' rights. The language is very easy to read, and enables everyone to understand the information. There are no tables or illustrations.
Assessment: This is a very useful guide about dementia, its related difficulties and illnesses, available services for demented patients, and anticipated consequences of this disease. It is highly recommended to those who have family members with dementia or who are in close contact with those people.
New York Times
Excellent guidance and clear information.
William Reichel
A wealth of knowledge...the best available guide on the subject.
American Geriatrics Society
Albert A. Fisk
This is a book that physicians can confidently recomment to the families of their patients. It is also a book that physicians themselves can read to obtain practical advice that they can pass on to families.
Journal of the American Medical Association
Ozlem Uyar
This is a guidebook for everyone who deals with demented patients. The purpose is to enlighten the families of Alzheimer's patients as well as patients with other types of dementias, make them understand the patient and disease better, ease and improve their caregiving, inform them about expected consequences of the disease and suggest ways to manage the difficulties. Audiences are family members and caregivers of demented patients and anyone who is in close contact with those patients. The book can also be helpful for primary care doctors, psychiatrists, psychiatry residents, nurses, social workers, and any clinician. The text covers basic information about dementia, particularly Alzheimer's type, most common problems related to those conditions, general principles and guidelines of caregiving, and new information on the financing and delivery of care. Additional information is provided about dementia research. The first two appendixes are designed to inform the reader about recent books, videos, web sides, addresses, and telephone numbers of U.S. and international organizations. The third appendix lists state offices of aging and nursing homes. The fourth appendix includes nursing home residents' rights. The language is very easy to read, and enables everyone to understand the information. There are no tables or illustrations. This is a very useful guide about dementia, its related difficulties and illnesses, available services for demented patients, and anticipated consequences of this disease. It is highly recommended to those who have family members with dementia or who are in close contact with those people.
Library Journal
It has been estimated that five percent of older people suffer from severe intellectual impairment. So these two eloquent and readable guides will be much in demand as the number of families facing the challenge of caring for a relative with some form of dementing illness continues to grow. First published in 1981, The 36-Hour Day follows the format of the previous two editions but has been thoroughly updated to incorporate new information on the latest research, several drugs that hold promise, and genetic aspects of Alzheimer's. The heart of the guide remains unchanged, focusing on helping families cope with this progressive and irreversible disease. Besides tips on how to care for the demented during the various stages of the disease (for example, place a picture of a toilet on the bathroom door), the text discusses the different kinds of help available and how to seek it. Financial and legal issues are well covered, while sections on nursing homes and other alternative living arrangements provide advice and practical suggestions. Appendixes list recent books, videos, web sites, and U.S. and international organizations. The thrust of GentlecareR is a well-argued plea for a radical change in the way we care for Alzheimer's patients. In outlining her program, Jones states that this rethinking involves people, physical space, and individualized programs. Everyone in the physical plant, from maintenance worker to director, belongs to the care-giving team, as do family members and volunteers. Only when impaired persons can no longer perform for themselves a task like feeding themselves or dressing should it be done for them. Care should concentrate on what can be done, not what cannot. Because her emphasis is on the need for a comprehensive program of care and concentrates more on the institutional setting, Jones does not provide as many practical suggestions or the depth of advice for home care that Mace and Rabins do. Rather, her book describes how facilities can be designed and staffs trained to optimize the quality of life for patients. Both titles are highly recommended: Rabins and Mace for the practical help and advice, Jones for her eloquent presentation of a comprehensive program that treats patients with dignity.--Jodith Janes, Cleveland Clinic Fdn. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
Providing support and factual information to equip families with the tools needed to effectively care for relatives with dementing disorders, this volume covers topics ranging from what dementia is to the various physical and psychological problems that its sufferers experience. Also covered are how it affects family members, financial and legal issues, and caretaking arrangements. Paper edition (unseen), $13.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801861499
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
01/28/1999
Series:
Johns Hopkins Press Health Bks.
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
339
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.95(d)

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