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Overview

:At Wit's End is a simple, straightforward, and easy-to-read summary about Alzheimer's as a disease and condition, written without technical jargon or impractical detail. Many books delve into other areas of Alzheimer's, emphasizing the financial, legal, and treatment needs of the afflicted. At Wit's End is unique because it not only explains the psychiatric and psychological aspects of Alzheimer's, but it also helps family members and caregivers discover a wealth of effective interventions. Kraus focuses on the whole person and his/her social, psychological, physical, and spiritual life. In this book, find out how Alzheimer's can be distinguished from normal aging and other diseases that mimic its symptoms, including the wide array of associated behaviors. Also, find out what medical treatments are available, both traditional and alternative. At Wit's End gives families and caregivers a new outlook on Alzheimer's.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557534019
  • Publisher: Purdue University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2006
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 193
  • Sales rank: 1,012,190
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

George Kraus is a psychologist specializing in the care of the elderly, especially those suffering from Alzheimer's and other dementias. He is on the faculty of the School of Professional Psychology at Wright State University (Dayton, Ohio) and on staff in the Department of Behavioral Science at Green Memorial Hospital (Xenia, Ohio). He has published in a variety of professional journals including Clinical Psychology Review, Small Group Research, Psychological Reports, and Small Group Behavior.
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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 What is Alzheimer's?
1 The basics 3
2 Normal aging 11
3 Alzheimer's is a type of dementia 17
4 Evidence of Alzheimer's 29
5 Distinguishing between delirium, Alzheimer's, and other dementias 41
6 Two case studies : applying the basics 49
Pt. 2 How to evaluate for Alzheimer's
7 This person I used to know : measuring the status of mental functioning in Alzheimer's 57
8 Measuring Alzheimer's in action 65
9 The question of competence 73
Pt. 3 Disturbances in mood and perception
10 Geriatric depression and Alzheimer's 83
11 I know she has Alzheimer's, but why is she acting like this? : recognizing psychotic symptoms in Alzheimer's 89
Pt. 4 Medical and psychological treatment approaches
12 Treatment of Alzheimer's with medicines 97
13 Changing the person's surroundings 113
14 Talking to people with Alzheimer's 121
15 Preventive activities for ourselves and others : lowering our odds of getting Alzheimer's 137
App. A Additional resources and information on Alzheimer's dementia 143
App. B What to do about aggressive behavior 147
App. C Effective uses of psychological interventions in long-term care facilities 151
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2006

    Best book on the Subject

    This was by far the most informative book on Alzheimer's that I have read. Not only is it written in language that is easy for the lay person to comprehend, it is packed with information that is important for families to know.

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