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From The CriticsReviewer: David O. Staats, MD (University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center)
Description: This book describes a counseling program developed by NYU for caregivers of a loved one who has Alzheimer's disease.
Purpose: Its purpose is to provide a summary of the evidence-based counseling strategies that work best with persons caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's disease. The book gives a description of the counselilng process.
Audience: Social workers will find this most of use. Others who counsel family members caring for someone with Alzheimer's disease will find this bok useful. Healthcare professionals caring for the demented also will find this book of use.
Features: Woven throughout the discussion are vignettes that clearly get across the message of what is at issue with the counseling. At the end of each of the 13 chapters there is a summary of the points covered.
Assessment: More healthcare professionals should know the best ways of counseling family members caring dor a demented person. It would have been helpful to have the citation of the original research and to publish some of the caregiver assessment measures. Not all dementing illnesses are Alzheimer's disease, and some word about any special approaches or features in other dementing illnesses would be of use. This book does not discuss how one arranges for the counseling described — access is a pertinent issue here. With the burgeoning population of the demented, and the desire of caregivers to manage them at home, this book is a good contribution to the field.