Living Your Best with Early-Stage Alzheimer's: An Essential Guide

Overview

Recent medical advances have made it possible to diagnose Alzheimer's when symptoms are mild and new drugs are under investigation to help slow progression of the disease. Today, when a person is diagnosed, they may have many years ahead with only mild symptoms. The result is that a growing number of people with early-stage Alzheimer's are seeking information about how to take charge of their lives, manage symptoms, and cope effectively with the disease.

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Overview

Recent medical advances have made it possible to diagnose Alzheimer's when symptoms are mild and new drugs are under investigation to help slow progression of the disease. Today, when a person is diagnosed, they may have many years ahead with only mild symptoms. The result is that a growing number of people with early-stage Alzheimer's are seeking information about how to take charge of their lives, manage symptoms, and cope effectively with the disease.

Living Your Best with Early-Stage Alzheimer's: An Essential Guide fills an enormous void by providing a thorough, practical guide on coping with the diagnosis, managing symptoms, finding meaningful activity, planning for the future, maintaining important relationships, participating in research, and much more. This book is a working guide to help the person with Alzheimer's feel empowered to move forward in life in light of this challenging diagnosis.

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Editorial Reviews

Midwest Book Review
"Living Your Best with Early-Stage Alzheimer's is a valuable and highly recommended resource which shouldn't be missed." -Midwest Book Review, June 2010
The Tangled Neuron
...It's equally important to increase their quality of life, and Living Your Best with Early-Stage Alzheimer's is a valuable contribution to this effort.
ForeWord Reviews
Book mentioned in ForeWord Reviews footnotes.
Perspectives Newsletter
Article/excerpt from book.
Mature Lifestyles
Product mention.
Not Born Yesterday!
Book mention.
Perserving Your Memory Mag
Ran article on book and author in fall issue.
Generations
Book mention.
Tangled Neuron website
"...It's equally important to increase their quality of life, and Living Your Best with Early-Stage Alzheimer's is a valuable contribution to this effort." -The Tangled Neuron, November 2010
Journal of Alzheimer's Disease
"All in all, Living Your Best With Early-Stage Alzheimer's is a well-crafted book. It appears to have utility both as a source book for individuals with AD and as a catalyst for early-stage AD support group discussion." -Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, reviewed by Kathleen A. Smyth, December 2010
Insight Bulletin (Alzheimer Society of British Columbia)
"This is an excellent resource written spefically for individuals experiencing the early stages of Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia." -Insight Bulletin (Alzheimer Society of British Columbia), November/December 2010
care ADvantage (Alzheimer's Foundation of America publication)
Ran excerpt from the book and mentioned us as the publisher.
Alzheimer's Association Early Stage Handbook
Book mentioned as an early-stage resource.
Midwest Book Review

Living Your Best with Early-Stage Alzheimer's is a valuable and highly recommended resource which shouldn't be missed.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934716038
  • Publisher: Sunrise River Press
  • Publication date: 5/11/2010
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 429,398
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Lisa Snyder is a clinical social worker with the University of California, San Diego's Shiley-Marcos Alzheimer's Disease Research Center where she has worked with people with early-stage Alzheimer's and their families for more than 20 years. Her many years of experience conducting support groups for people with early-stage Alzheimer's gives her intimate knowledge of the fears and concerns that come with the diagnosis.
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Table of Contents

Foreword 5

Acknowledgments 9

Introduction 10

Part 1 An Overview of Alzheimer's

Chapter 1 What Is Alzheimer's Disease? 13

Chapter 2 Understanding Your Reactions to the Diagnosis 23

Chapter 3 Symptoms You Could Experience 30

Part 2 Your Family and Friends

Chapter 4 Talking with Others about Alzheimer's 41

Chapter 5 Taking Care of Family Relationships 48

Chapter 6 The Unique Concerns of Young-Onset Alzheimer's Families 56

Chapter 7 Maintaining Friendships and Creating New Ones 66

Chapter 8 Strategies for Effective Communication with Friends and Family 72

Part 3 Daily Living

Chapter 9 Helpful Tips for Managing Memory Loss 80

Chapter 10 Dealing Effectively with Other Symptoms 90

Chapter 11 Improving the Safety of Your Home Environment 97

Chapter 12 Making Decisions about Driving 104

Chapter 13 If You Live Alone 112

Part 4 Coping With Alzheimer's

Chapter 14 Understanding and Managing Your Feelings 121

Chapter 15 The Benefits of Support Groups for You and Your Family 133

Chapter 16 Learning to Accept Help When You Need It 142

Chapter 17 Finding Meaningful Activities 150

Chapter 18 Speaking Your Mind Through Advocacy 163

Part 5 Maintaining Your Emotional and Physical Health

Chapter 19 Boosting Your Physical and Mental Health Through Exercise 171

Chapter 20 The Benefits of Mental Stimulation 178

Chapter 21 Food for Thought: The Value of Good Nutrition 185

Chapter 22 Maintaining Hope and a Sense of Humor 192

Chapter 23 Taking Care of Your Care Partner 200

Part 6 Plans to Make Now and For the Future

Chapter 24 Finding and Using Available Community Resources 209

Chapter 25 Creating and Communicating with Your Healthcare Team 215

Chapter 26 Helpful Legal, Financial and Long-Term Planning 223

Chapter 27 Maintaining an Ongoing Quality of Life 232

Part 7 Hopeful Possibilities in Treatment and Research

Chapter 28 Progress and Trends in Treatment and Care 239

Chapter 29 Complementary and Alternative Therapies 247

Chapter 30 Research Brings Hope for the Future 256

Helpful Resources 265

References 268

Index 276

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