Alzheimer's Disease: A Handbook for Caregivers, Family, and Friends by Patricia R. Callone, Barbara C. Vasiloff, Roger A. Brumback, Janaan Manternach |, Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Alzheimer's Disease: A Handbook for Caregivers, Family, and Friends

Alzheimer's Disease: A Handbook for Caregivers, Family, and Friends

by Patricia R. Callone, Barbara C. Vasiloff, Roger A. Brumback, Janaan Manternach
     
 

Of the estimated 5 million Americans who have Alzheimer's disease, more than 7 in 10 live at home, primarily cared for by family and friends. Alzheimer's Disease: The Dignity Within: A Handbook for Caregivers, Family, and Friends was written in a workbook format aimed at increasing the caregiver's knowledge of the disease. As a result, these

Overview

Of the estimated 5 million Americans who have Alzheimer's disease, more than 7 in 10 live at home, primarily cared for by family and friends. Alzheimer's Disease: The Dignity Within: A Handbook for Caregivers, Family, and Friends was written in a workbook format aimed at increasing the caregiver's knowledge of the disease. As a result, these caregivers - whether family members, friends or health professionals - will be better equipped to nurture the dignity within people living with Alzheimer's and feel more confident doing so. The book is a tool for caregivers that will impact not only the way they relate to persons with Alzheimer's disease, but other relationships as well.

It contains information on how to take care of a person with Alzheimer's disease by mapping out each stage of the disease and showing what can be done from a caregiving standpoint at these various stages. In addition, the book discusses how important it is for caregivers to take care of themselves. It educates readers with easy-to-understand charts and sketches on what physically happens to the brain during the progression of Alzheimer's. Its five sections focus on the nature of Alzheimer's disease and on being a caregiver, covering topics such as tips for caregivers challenges and solutions changes in the brain that are responsible for the problems associated with the disease and much, much more.

However, the most important tenet of the book is that we can better care for people with Alzheimer's by recognizing and nurturing the essence within a person living through the different stages of the disease. Both caregivers and people affected by Alzheimer's can live with a sense of dignity, importance, and self-esteem.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: David O. Staats, MD (University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center)
Description: This is a multiauthored book written for and about caregivers whose loved ones have Alzheimer's disease.
Purpose: The purpose is to explore the nature of caregiving and offer advice to caregivers in how to approach their loved ones with Alzheimer's disease and other dementing illnesses.
Audience: The audience is primarily caregivers and, in turn, those who advise, comfort, and care for caregivers. The authors are all experienced and craft their knowledge in effective ways.
Features: The book is divided into five parts: advice for caregivers; a personal story from a caregiver; relationships among the affected individual, the caregiver, and the rest of the family; styles of caregiving; and finally, an explanation of how the brain and its function changes with the progression of Alzheimer's disease.
Assessment: This book is lovingly crafted, gentle and compassionate in its approach. It shows religion and spirituality that live through action. So often, we concentrate on the demented person, not realizing the truth of "the family is the unit of treatment." The caregiving spouse not only has to provide care, but, as the Alzheimer's disease progresses, loses the ability to converse (the dement is no longer conversant). The caregiving spouse also loses the mirror of his or her own goodness that the now demented person used to reflect so glowingly. We have only begun to know how to help caregivers because we have focused our attention mostly on the dement. This book insightfully turns our attention in the right direction. I think it represents the wave of the future
3 Stars from Doody

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781932603132
Publisher:
Springer Publishing Company
Publication date:
09/01/2005
Pages:
133
Product dimensions:
7.25(w) x 10.25(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Patricia R. Callone is the Vice President of Institutional Relations for Creighton University. For six years she served on the Board of Directors of the Alzheimers Association Midlands Chapter. She has experience with Alzheimers as both an educator and as a caregiver.

Barbara C. Vasiloff is the co-founder and President of Discipline With Purpose, Inc.

Dr. Roger A. Brumback is a Professor of Pathology and Psychiatry and the Chairman of the Department of Pathology at the Creighton University School of Medicine.

Janaan Manternach is a well respected author and educator. / Connie Kudlacek - Connie Kudlacek is the Executive Director of the Alzheimers Association Midlands Chapter.

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