Dementia and Wandering Behavior: Concern for the Lost Elder

Dementia and Wandering Behavior: Concern for the Lost Elder

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by Gerald Flaherty, Terri Tobin
     
 

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Winner of an AJN Book of the Year Award!


Alzheimer's is quickly becoming the epidemic of the 21st century. Today, an estimated four million Americans suffer from this devastating disease. This number could explode to 14 million by the year 2050, when baby boomers come of age.

Written in a clear and accessible style, Dementia and

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Winner of an AJN Book of the Year Award!


Alzheimer's is quickly becoming the epidemic of the 21st century. Today, an estimated four million Americans suffer from this devastating disease. This number could explode to 14 million by the year 2050, when baby boomers come of age.

Written in a clear and accessible style, Dementia and Wandering Behavior brings attention to this life-threatening problem and helps professionals and family caregivers understand that there are preventative measures available.

By focusing on specific responses to wandering behavior and describing ways to create a safe environment in the home, community, and care facility, this book teaches you how to maximize autonomy while minimizing risk for people with dementia in your care.

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This reference addresses the need for caregivers to find preventive measures for creating safe environments that maximize autonomy and at the same time minimize risk for people with dementia. Gerald Flaherty (Massachusetts Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association) and gerontologists Nina M. Silverstein (U. of Massachusetts) and Terri Salmons Tobin define dementia and review the relevant literature, discuss community responses to wandering, and address the needs of a variety of individual care providers. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826196835
Publisher:
Springer Publishing Company
Publication date:
05/03/2006
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
232
File size:
5 MB

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"The book's strength is the rich use of research materials to present a well thought out and comprehensive presentation on wandering behavior. Creatively the authors weave research materials, newspaper reports, and statistical data into an easy to read, educational, and instructive book....[The authors] share a wealth of collective knowledge and expertise in caring for older adults. The book is an excellent resource for nursing homes, assisted living facilities, students of geriatric studies, new caregivers, and newly diagnosed older adults."--Social Work in Health Care

"This easy-to-read book offers concrete suggestions for the range of professional caregivers in community and institutional settings, for people with dementia and their families in the community, as well as for first-responders such as police and search and rescue personnel. [It] speaks to the risks associated with wandering behavior and demonstrates that acknowledgement of these risks leads to early precautions to avoid them....provides invaluable information to help Alzheimer's patients remain longer and more secure with their friends and families in the community, and more safe with their caregivers in facilities."

-Rep. Edward J. Markey, Co-chair, Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer's Disease

Meet the Author

Nina M. Silverstein, PhD, is Associate Professor of Gerontology at the Universitiy of Massachusetts, Boston, College of Public and Community Service. Since 1984, she has worked closely with the Alzheimer's Association on projects related to patient care, caregiver, and community support. She served as Chairperson of the Massachusetts Statewide Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association and was also a long-time board member for the Council on Aging in Needham, Massachusetts--the first accredited and reaccredited Senior Center in Massachusetts. She is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and an active member of the American Society on Aging and the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education.


A graduate of the Heller School, Brandeis University, Dr. Silverstein has been publishing and presenting on aging issues at national conferences for over 20 years.

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Dementia and Wandering Behavior: Concern for the Lost Elder 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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Dementia and Wandering Behavior is a must read book! There is something useful here for everyone: (caregivers, family members, health care providers, professionals, elder care agencies, volunteers, law enforcement agencies and fire personnel). The authors, Silverstein, Flaherty and Tobin, have provided an invaluable resource not only for dealing with problems of wandering but also insight into the full life stages of the disease. In less than 200 pages, one comes across information that would take searching many volumes to find. I only wish that it was available when my beloved brother was suffering with AD. Education is key. I highly recommend this book - it can transform your life. Mollie Feeney