The 36-Hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring for People with Alzheimer Disease, Other Dementias, and Memory Loss in Later Life

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The 36-Hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring for People Who Have Alzheimer Disease, Related Dementias, and Memory Loss

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Overview

Revised in 2006 for its twenty-fifth anniversary, this best-selling book is the "bible" for families caring for people with Alzheimer disease, offering comfort and support to millions worldwide. In addition to the practical and compassionate guidance that have made The 36-Hour Day invaluable to caregivers, the fourth edition is the only edition currently available that includes new information on medical research and the delivery of care.

The new edition includes:

-new information on diagnostic evaluation-resources for families and adult children who care for people with dementia-updated legal and financial information-the latest information on nursing homes and other communal living arrangements-new information on research, medications, and the biological causes and effects of dementia

Also available in a large print edition

Praise for The 36-Hour Day:

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Editorial Reviews

Chicago Tribune

Both a guide and a legend.

Chicago Sun-Times

The best guide of its kind.

Journal of the American Medical Association

An excellent book for families who are caring for persons with dementia... A book that physicians can confidently recommend to the families of their patients.

New York Times

Excellent guidance and clear information of a kind that the family needs... The authors offer the realistic advice that sometimes it is better to concede the patient's frailties than to try to do something about them, and that a compassionate sense of humor often helps.

Bookwatch

Continues to be the 'bible' of recommendation for any caregiver whose family member suffers from dementia.

Case Management Journals - Kathryn Oliphant

Recommended to all caregivers and families of persons with dementia as an indispensable source of valuable information on a very wide range of topics.

Activities, Adaptation and Aging - M. Jean Keller

An excellent guide with general information for family caregivers of persons with dementia... The text is person focused and describes the complexity and depth of the care required not only for persons with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia but also for caregivers.

New York Review of Books - Michael Greenberg

An admirably realistic guide to caring for people with Alzheimer's.

Case Management Journals

Recommended to all caregivers and families of persons with dementia as an indispensable source of valuable information on a very wide range of topics.

— Kathryn Oliphant

New York Review of Books

An admirably realistic guide to caring for people with Alzheimer's.

— Michael Greenberg

Large Print Reviews

In short, the fourth edition... is a comprehensive resource guide that will help you learn to care for family members.

— Auggie Moore

Midwest Book Review

The 36-Hour Day continues to be the 'bible' of recommendation for any caregiver whose family member suffers from dementia.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801885099
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2006
  • Series: A Johns Hopkins Press Health Book Series
  • Edition description: fourth edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 352

Meet the Author

Nancy L. Mace, M.A., now retired, was a consultant to and a member of the board of directors of the Alzheimer's Association and an assistant in psychiatry and coordinator of the T. Rowe and Eleanor Price Teaching Service of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Peter V. Rabins, M.D., M.P.H., is a professor of psychiatry, with joint appointments in medicine, mental health, and health policy and management, co-director of the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neuropsychiatry, and director of the T. Rowe and Eleanor Price Teaching Service of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2012

    Highly Recommend The 36 Hour Day for Dementia

    I would highly recommend buying this well written book for anyone that has a family member or close friend that has been diagnosed with Dementia. It is very informative and gives you the steps you need to take to help your loved one. I have learned through reading this book that understanding this disease will help you and your loved one get through this very emotional chapter of your/their life.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2011

    Highly helpful to caregivers and family of brain impaired patients

    I am a caregiver to a loved one with AD and this book has provided valuable information in a clear and concise way. You may skip the parts
    that do not concern your specific situation and review the ones that directly address your specific questions. It is also a reference source that is very helpful when questions arise as the disease progresses.
    It should be read by family members so they better understand how this terrible disease affects the impaired brain of the patient and the well being of the caregiver.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2008

    A reviewer

    A very comprehensive and helpful book a necessity reference book with information and sources

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2002

    Required Reading for Caregivers

    This is the most recommended book about Alzheimer's Disease. It is required reading for every caregiver. The first Alzheimer's Association chapter I contacted sent me a copy of it the first time I called them, and for that I will always be grateful. Not until I had read this book did I better understand Alzheimer's and what it was doing to my mother. Read every book you can find on Alzheimer's, but this is the book you'll want to read first.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2012

    I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS INFORMATIVE READ

    I found this book helpful in answering my questions about my Dad's dementia.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 11, 2012

    Highly recommended!

    This is a wonderful resource for a very difficult situation. It has helped me to better understand my mother's situation. I am thankful that a friend shared it with me after it was recommended by her relative's doctor.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 4, 2011

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    Highly recommend

    This book has been, and continues to be of great help and comfort to me as I go through this process of being my husband's caregiver. It helps me to understand what he is going through and although it still hurts when he becomes angry and curses and calls me names, I am able to realize that it is not HIM, but the disease that is controlling his actions.

    Almost every page hits the mark in some way and looking to the future helps me to know what to expect.

    Most helpful and very well done.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2010

    I Couldn't Agree More

    As a person that witnessed first hand what happens when someone you love is stricken with Alzheimer's, this book hit the nail on the head in addressing how much we take for granted when it comes to our memories and thought. This book is remarkable. I'd recommend that you also buy "When God Stopped Keeping Score." It is an intimate look at the power of God and forgiveness and one that everyone deserves to read. Buy it and find out why for yourself.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2009

    "The 36-Hour Day"

    This book was a wonderful resource! I am an Nurse Educator for nursing assistants. We focus on care for the elderly with dementia and Alzheimer's. My mother had me pick her up a copy as well. I shared excerpts with my students and have added She could have used this when she was taking care of Grandma. However, she has it now for her husband.

    The book was informative and supportive. It is not a book to sit and read in one sitting. I often kept in a private area so I could read small bites at time and then process that information.

    I recommend this book to anyone who is experiencing the loss that comes with dementia or Alzheimer's. It will not change the final outcome for your loved-one, but it might help you to help them go through this tragic loss with more dignity and peace. It will also help you to understand that this is not the person you know, they cannot help their behavior. It will also help you to know that this is not the person you once knew and they cannot help what they do or do not do!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2000

    What do we do now?

    That was my first reaction to the diagnosis. This book helped me figure out what to do next. If I could only afford one book on the topic of Alzheimer`s this would the one. This book covers all the topics we were concerned about as a family: what to expect, behaviors and how to handle them,where to turn for help, legal aspects, how do we cope without falling apart,how do we tell the rest of the family. I highly recommend this book for all families trying to find answers to their questions.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2013

    This book is informative, thorough, and very helpful for this jo

    This book is informative, thorough, and very helpful for this journey with my mother's dementia. I highly recommend it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 1, 2012

    Highly recommend!

    This book is very helpful for those of us caring for an Alzheimer's parent or spouse, who ever you might be caring for!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2012

    Recommended for new caregivers; a must

    Mace and Rabins have put together a detailed primer for first time caregivers and family members of those with dementias. It provides information for every aspect of how to cope with this devestating illness. It is written at a basic level with little of the medical jargon that would confuse. Experienced caregivers who have dealt with their loved one's dementia probably will find this material lacking in sufficient detail, however it provides nuggets that you may have overlooked.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2012

    Must have for any caregiver

    There is so much information about dementia and the related deseases that it will greatly benefit anyone caring for someone. The information is both about the diseae and how to care for someone with it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 30, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    A must read for every family facing the task of caring for a loved one with dementia or Alzheimer. There are many books on this subject, but this by far was the best I have read in dealing with the day to stress of caregiving, explaining the disease and where to go for help in preparing your loved one and your self for the long road ahead.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 25, 2012

    not what we were hoping for

    My Mom was trying to find a book that could help her cope...this wasn't it.........

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

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    36 Hour Day

    Very well written and informative book for anyone to read that is dealing with a loved one who has dementia. It amazing how much we take for granted in out ability to think, remember and reason. Would recommend this book to everyone.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 27, 2010

    Wonderful Book

    My mom heard about this book and picked up a copy. It is a great book for those caring for an elderly person. It has taught my mom new techniques and well as helping her understand how my grandma feels inside. We highly recommend this to all families dealing with these diseases. Thank you for such a great book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 13, 2009

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    just found out

    we just found out our mom has demitta and its bad i heard about 36 hour day and its helping me so i want to thank you very much

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2009

    Very Helpful

    This has been a real aid for our family; not technical at all and very easy to comprehend for the lay-folk

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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