The Person with Alzheimer's Disease: Pathways to Understanding the Experience / Edition 1

The Person with Alzheimer's Disease: Pathways to Understanding the Experience / Edition 1

by Phyllis Braudy Harris
     
 

Few families are untouched by Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia. Moving accounts of what it is like to care for someone with this disease have already been published, as well as how-to books that offer caregivers advice and information on coping. But this book is the first to provide a comprehensive report of what it is like to have dementia

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Overview

Few families are untouched by Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia. Moving accounts of what it is like to care for someone with this disease have already been published, as well as how-to books that offer caregivers advice and information on coping. But this book is the first to provide a comprehensive report of what it is like to have dementia oneself—the subjective experience of living with progressive memory loss.

Each chapter discusses a different aspect of having dementia, from the initial assessment and diagnosis through placement in a nursing home. The discussions are grounded in qualitative research and case studies, which convey the variable and personal nature of the experience. They seek to help clinicians, researchers, students, and caregivers (both professionals and family members) understand the experience of dementia, and thereby to promote better caregiving through a person-centered approach.

Contributors: Kathleen Kahn-Denis, Judson Retirement Community; Casey Durkin, a psychotherapist in Cleveland, Ohio; Jane Gilliard, Dementia Voice, UK; Phyllis Braudy Harris, John Carroll University; John Keady, University of Wales, UK; John Killick, University of Stirling, UK; Rebecca G. Logsdon, University of Washington; Charlie Murphy, University of Stirling, UK; Alison Phinney, University of British Columbia, Canada; Steven R. Sabat, Georgetown University; Dorothy Seman, Alzheimer's Family Care Center, Chicago; Lisa Snyder, University of California, San Diego; Jane Stansell, Alzheimer's Family Care Center, Chicago; Gloria Sterin, Shaker Heights, Ohio; Jon C. Stuckey, Messiah College; Robyn Yale, Consultant to the Alzheimer's Association, San Francisco; Rosalie Young, Wayne State University School of Medicine.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801868771
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
05/28/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
455,325
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Contents:



List of Contributors

Acknowledgments

Introduction - Phyllis Braudy Harris

Prologue: Notes from The Crying Room - Gloria J. Stern



Part 1: The Medical Experience

1 Testing Times: The Experience of Neuropsychological Assessment for People with Suspected Alzheimer's Disease - John Keady and Jane Gilliard



2 Medical Experiences and Concerns of People with Alzheimer's Disease - Rosalie F. Young



Part 2: The Impact of the Diagnosis on Everyday Life

3 Living with the Symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease - Alison Phinney

4 Making the Most of Everyday: Quality of Life - Rebecca G. Logsdon

5 Selfhood and Alzheimer's Disease - Steven R. Sabat

6 Social and Family Relationships: Establishing and Maintaining Connections - Lisa Snyder

7 Meaningful Communication throughout the Journey: Clinical Observations - Dorothy Seman

8 Connecting to the Spirit - Jon C. Stuckey

9 Building Resilience through Coping and Adapting - Phyllis Braudy Harris and Casey



Part 3: Experiences with Fornal Services

10 The Experience of People with Dementia in Community Services - Charlie Murphy

11 Volunteerism: Contributions by Persons with Alzheimer's Disease - Jane Stansell

12 The Experience of Support Groups for Persons with Early-Stage Alzheimer's Disease and Their Families - Robyn Yale and Lisa Snyder

13 The Person with Dementia and Artwork: Art Therapy - Kathleen Kahn-Denis

14 "I Can't Place This Place at All": The Nursing Home Experience - John Killick



Index

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