Supporting the Caregiver in Dementia: A Guide for Health Care Professionals

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Dementia is one of the greatest challenges facing seniors and their caregivers around the globe. Developed by experts in both research and practice, this guide for mental health clinicians explores the experience of caregiving in dementia, discussing the latest research developments and sharing clinical pearls of wisdom that can easily be translated to daily practice.

The contributors explore the history of caregiving and then examine the current demographics of caregivers for ...

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Overview

Dementia is one of the greatest challenges facing seniors and their caregivers around the globe. Developed by experts in both research and practice, this guide for mental health clinicians explores the experience of caregiving in dementia, discussing the latest research developments and sharing clinical pearls of wisdom that can easily be translated to daily practice.

The contributors explore the history of caregiving and then examine the current demographics of caregivers for persons with dementia. They discuss who provides care, the settings in which it is delivered, and the rewards and burdens of caregiving. They place special emphasis on understanding the psychological needs of both the person with dementia and the caregiver, as well as interpersonal bonds, spiritual dimensions, and reactions to grief and loss. Using a multidisciplinary approach to treatment for caregivers, this book addresses the role of pharmacotherapy, individual and family interventions, and social supports. Finally, the authors reflect on societal issues such as health care policies, ethnic elders, and ethics.

This volume offers health professionals insights into the daily lives of caregivers, along with tools to provide their patients with the support they need.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Gerontologist
This work should be on the bookshelf of any clinician serving caregivers and persons with dementia.

— James J. Callahan

Ageing and Society
Will directly benefit both researchers and practitioners committed to dementia care and support.

— Nina M. Silverstein

Ageing and Society - Nina M. Silverstein

Will directly benefit both researchers and practitioners committed to dementia care and support.

Research and Theory for Nursing Practice - Elizabeth Beattie

This compact volume provides an invaluable resource for professionals in the field.

Gerontologist - James J. Callahan

This work should be on the bookshelf of any clinician serving caregivers and persons with dementia.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801883439
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 5/15/2006
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

Sheila M. LoboPrabhu, M.D., is an assistant professor of psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine and a staff psychiatrist at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston, Texas. Victor A. Molinari, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Aging and Mental Health at the University of South Florida. James W. Lomax II, M.D., is Professor and Karl Menninger Chair of Psychiatric Education in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

1 The history of caregiving in dementia 3
2 The caregiver in dementia 25
3 From home to nursing home : a continuum of care for persons with dementia 46
4 Caregiver burden 63
5 The affective interpersonal bond in caregiving 85
6 Religious participation and caregiving : a psychodynamic perspective 104
7 Caregiving and the sexual relationship on dementia 117
8 Grief and loss in dementia 132
9 The role of pharmacotherapy for dementia patients with behavioral disturbances 151
10 Care of the caregiver : individual and family interventions 168
11 Health supports for the caregiver 192
12 Health care policies and caregivers 223
13 Ethnic elders and caregiving 237
14 The ethics of dementia caregiving 261
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