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Alzheimer's A to Z: A Quick-Reference Guide

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When you care for someone with Alzheimer's Disease, you need all the sound advice and support you can possibly get. Finding ways to meet your own needs as well as those of the person for whom you care is a daily challenge that raises questions on a range of topics. This book combines the medical expertise of a medical doctor with the practical wisdom of an experienced caregiver into an easily accessible guide, a constant and faithful companion for anyone working with Alzheimer's...

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Overview

When you care for someone with Alzheimer's Disease, you need all the sound advice and support you can possibly get. Finding ways to meet your own needs as well as those of the person for whom you care is a daily challenge that raises questions on a range of topics. This book combines the medical expertise of a medical doctor with the practical wisdom of an experienced caregiver into an easily accessible guide, a constant and faithful companion for anyone working with Alzheimer's sufferers.

Alzheimer's A to Z is organized like an encyclopedia, in a convenient alphabetical format that allows you to find the information you need when you need it. Practical entries treat subjects like dressing, transporting, and talking with people with Alzheimer's. Discussions of medical and neurological aspects of the disease treat topics like the functions of short and long-term memory systems. Psychological entries explore emotional and communication issues related to Alzheimer's care. Each entry is engagingly written in direct, uncomplicated language that makes even difficult concepts easy to understand. The tone of the book is positive and constructive, making it as easy to give as it is to read.

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"Read one section a day, and in no time at all, you'll have a deeper understanding of Alzheimer's. Instead of asking, “why didn't I think of that?" you'll learn positive and creative approaches to caring for your loved one."
—Brenda Avadian, MA, author of Where's My Shoes? My Father's Walk Through Alzheimer's and Finding the Joy in Alzheimer's
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572243958
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
  • Publication date: 10/28/2004
  • Series: Unassigned Series
  • Pages: 232
  • Sales rank: 587,938
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

John D. Becker, MD, is a neurologist with the Orlando Regional Medical Center who specializes in Alzheimer's Disease.

Jytte Lokvig, MA, has been a professional caregiver for people with Alzheimer's Disease for more than ten years. She gives workshops and speaks nationally on caregiving for people with Alzheimer's.

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Table of Contents

Foreword ix
Preface xi
Acknowledgments xiii
Introduction 1
A3
Acceptance 3
Activities 4
Affection 6
Age 6
Aggression 7
Agitation 9
Alternative Remedies 10
Alzheimer's Disease 13
Alzheimer's Medications 17
Appetite 19
Attitude 20
B22
Baby Talk 22
Bathroom 23
Bath Time 24
Birthdays 26
Body Language 27
C29
Care Facilities 29
Celebrations 33
Children 34
Choices 35
Coaching 35
Communication 38
Compliments 39
Comprehension 40
Confusion 41
Conversations 41
Counseling 44
Crowds 45
Cursing 46
D48
Day Care 48
Death and Dying 49
Dementia 52
Dental Health 54
Depression 55
Diet and Nutrition 56
Dignity 58
Discussions 59
Diversions 60
Dressing 62
Driving 64
E66
Eating 66
Emergency Pack 68
Empathy 68
Environment 70
Exercise 71
Eye and Sight Health 75
F77
Family 77
Fixations 78
Foot Care 79
Forgetfulness 80
Forgiveness 80
Friends 82
Future 83
G85
Games 85
Gardening 86
Going Home 87
Guilt 89
H91
Hallucinations 91
Health 91
Hearing Health 96
Hoarding 96
Home Help 97
Home Safety 99
Honesty 101
Hospital 103
Humor 106
I108
Identification 108
Incontinence 108
Independence 112
J113
Journals 113
K114
Kitchen 114
L117
Laughter 117
Listening 118
Love 119
Loving Lies 119
M122
Massage 122
Medication 123
Memories 124
Money 126
Movies 127
Music 128
N131
Neighborhood Flyer 131
Normal 133
O135
Obsessive Behavior 135
Outings 136
P141
Pacing 141
Pain 142
Paperwork 143
Personal Space 144
Pets 147
Pills 148
Privacy 149
Projects 150
Q156
Questions 156
R158
Reactions 158
Reading 160
Reality 161
Recording Memories 163
Repetitions 163
Respite 164
Restaurants 166
Routines 167
S169
Safe Return 169
Sexuality 169
Share Care 172
Signs 173
Singing 175
Stress 175
Sundowning 176
Support Groups 177
T179
Telephone 179
Television 181
Transitions 181
U184
Undressing 184
V186
Validation 186
Videos 187
Visitors 189
Vitamins 190
W192
Walking 192
Wandering 193
Word Games 195
Word Substitutions 197
X199
X-Ray 199
Y200
Z201
Zany 201
Zippers 202
Zoos 202
Yeast Infections 200
Resources 205
References 211
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