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A Caregiver's Guide to Alzheimer's and Related Diseases

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A Caregiver's Guide is designed for use by family and professional caregivers. It provides information about Alzheimer's Disease, its diagnosis, stages, and treatments. It offers up-to-date suggestions for ensuring a safe home environment, as well as practical tips on communicating, activities, bathing, eating, spirituality, and sexuality.

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Overview

A Caregiver's Guide is designed for use by family and professional caregivers. It provides information about Alzheimer's Disease, its diagnosis, stages, and treatments. It offers up-to-date suggestions for ensuring a safe home environment, as well as practical tips on communicating, activities, bathing, eating, spirituality, and sexuality.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933480206
  • Publisher: Bunim & Bannigan Ltd
  • Publication date: 5/1/2008
  • Series: B&B Personal Wellness (Paperback) Series
  • Pages: 111
  • Sales rank: 941,823
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction     xi
Diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease     1
A Person Diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease Shares His Story     1
What Is Necessary for a Diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease?     4
What Other Conditions Mimic the Symptoms of this Disease?     5
What Should I Do If I Suspect Something Is Wrong?     6
The Challenge of this Progressive Disease     8
Alzheimer's Disease     14
What Is Dementia?     14
What Is Alzheimer's Disease?     14
What Is Happening in the Brain?     15
Progression of Alzheimer's Disease     18
The Early Signs     19
Middle Progression     20
Late Progression     21
Spirituality     22
Why Consider Spiritual Activities?     23
The Therapeutic Benefits of Spirituality     23
Approaches to Spiritual Care     24
Meaningful Activities     26
When Choosing Meaningful Activities     26
Activities That Promote Quality of Life     27
Communication     29
Your Approach     29
When You Are Having Trouble Communicating     32
Things to Avoid     33
Hospitalization: What Families Need to Know     34
Visiting     36
Visiting the Doctor     38
When You Are Concerned About Medical Care     38
Understanding Specific Behaviors     40
Possible Explanations for Changes in Behavior     41
Defensive Behavior     42
Driving     45
Restlessness     47
Shadowing     48
Sleep Problems     49
Suspicion/Paranoia     50
Wandering     52
Personal Care Activities     55
Bathing     56
Oral Hygiene     59
Dressing     60
Loss of Bladder/Bowel Control     62
Mealtimes     64
The Table and Utensils     64
Communication     65
Agitation     65
Tips About Food     66
As the Disease Progresses     66
If the Person Requires Meal Assistance     67
Treatments     69
Cognitive vs. Behavioral Treatments     70
Cholinesterase Inhibitors     71
NMDA Receptor Antagonist     71
At-a-Glance Treatments Table     72
Suggestions to Assist in Supervision of Treatments or Medications     73
Sexuality     75
Myths & Misconceptions     75
Sexual Functioning     78
Legal Concerns     82
Wills/Living Wills     83
Power of Attorney     84
Establishment of a Trust     85
Safe Home Environments     87
Safety     87
Furniture/Furnishings     89
Bathroom     89
Kitchen     90
Bedroom     91
Late Progression of Alzheimer's Disease     92
Death and Dying     93
The Grieving Process     94
National Alzheimer's Organizations     97
Alzheimer's Associations Around the World     98
Acknowledgments     105
Index     106
The Author     111
Caregiver's Notes     113

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