A Loving Approach to Dementia Care: Making Meaningful Connections with the Person Who Has Alzheimer's Disease or Other Dementia or Memory Loss

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Caring for someone with dementia means devotedly and patiently doing a hundred little things each day. Few care providers are trained to meet the challenges of dementia, however. They need the guidance this book provides to overcome caregiving obstacles and cultivate more meaningful relationships with loved ones who have dementia and memory loss.

Laura Wayman's program of care emphasizes communication, affirmative response, and empowerment—transforming the caregiving process ...

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Overview

Caring for someone with dementia means devotedly and patiently doing a hundred little things each day. Few care providers are trained to meet the challenges of dementia, however. They need the guidance this book provides to overcome caregiving obstacles and cultivate more meaningful relationships with loved ones who have dementia and memory loss.

Laura Wayman's program of care emphasizes communication, affirmative response, and empowerment—transforming the caregiving process from a burden into a fulfilling journey. Her true stories of caregiving illustrate the principles of this loving approach, giving readers essential tools for connecting with people who have dementia.

In addition to offering valuable lessons on how to provide the best possible care, Wayman urges caregivers not to neglect themselves: take care of yourself so you will have physical and mental energy to share with your loved one. The practical tips included here will help you balance your own needs with those of your loved one, creating a more positive experience for you both.

A Loving Approach to Dementia Care is a special guide, filled with respect, calmness, creativity—and love.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Metapsychology
It is good to have a guide that is as intuitive and humane as Laura Wayman. This book can be read profitably by family and friends of those affected with this disease and by anyone contemplating a career in elderly care. It will help lighten the burden for caregiver and patient alike.

— Chris Vaughan

International Psychogeriatrics
This book can be warmly recommended to caregivers as an upbeat and encouraging guide to developing those brief moments of successful communication... A Loving Approach to Dementia Care is exactly what it says on the label.

— Martin Guha

Nursing Times
It is a book I wanted to share with everybody. It made me laugh out loud, it made me cry (really!) but most of all it made me think... as a resource I feel it is invaluable and I will be keeping it near to hand. It is not only a useful tool for use with dementia but it is also life-affirming (and I never expected to use that term without a certain cynicism).

— Ibadete Fetahu

Metapsychology - Chris Vaughan

It is good to have a guide that is as intuitive and humane as Laura Wayman. This book can be read profitably by family and friends of those affected with this disease and by anyone contemplating a career in elderly care. It will help lighten the burden for caregiver and patient alike.

International Psychogeriatrics - Martin Guha

This book can be warmly recommended to caregivers as an upbeat and encouraging guide to developing those brief moments of successful communication... A Loving Approach to Dementia Care is exactly what it says on the label.

Nursing Times - Ibadete Fetahu

It is a book I wanted to share with everybody. It made me laugh out loud, it made me cry (really!) but most of all it made me think... as a resource I feel it is invaluable and I will be keeping it near to hand. It is not only a useful tool for use with dementia but it is also life-affirming (and I never expected to use that term without a certain cynicism).

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781421400341
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 5/19/2011
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 213,314
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura Wayman holds an associate in arts degree in gerontology and is a certified Social Services Designee. She has over a decade of experience in and a strong dedication to quality aging. She is the resident dementia expert and grant writer for Seniors First, a nonprofit organization that helps seniors live independently; the CEO of The Dementia Whisperers; and a sought-after speaker on issues of aging.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

Thanks and Appreciation vii

1 Introduction: Navigating the Journey 1

2 Peggy: The Ultimate Toll Alicia Murray 7

3 Frances: What Is Dementia? 11

4 Jill: Into the Dementia Wonderland 24

5 Natalie: Much More than Words 29

6 Vada: Past, Present, and Future 35

7 Joe: Communicating the Gift of Value 39

8 Lucy and Betty: Thinking Outside the Box 45

9 Edna: You're Just Imagining Things 51

10 Margie: If You Keep Doing What You Are Doing … 59

11 Harry: It's Bath Night! 65

12 Susan: Dealing with Disruption Alicia Murray 73

13 Grace: Moving beyond Guilt Alicia Murray 78

14 Virginia: Laughter Is Therapeutic Alicia Murray 81

15 Beatrice and Henry: The Power of Gratitude 83

16 Sean: The Puzzling Pieces of Grief Denise Pedersen 87

17 Lessons, Perceptions, and Approaches: A Reader's Guide 95

References 103

About the Authors 107

Index 109

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2012

    Great book

    Great book, it has helped me understand this dreaded disease and the torments these people are going thru. It has been a blessing for me and anyone with a loved one dealing with dementia should read this book ..bless this author.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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