Understand Alzheimer's: A First-Time Caregiver's Plan to Understand & Prepare for Alzheimer's & Dementia

Understand Alzheimer's: A First-Time Caregiver's Plan to Understand & Prepare for Alzheimer's & Dementia

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A diagnosis of Alzheimer�s disease can be frightening and overwhelming�and not just for the patient. Becoming the primary caregiver for a newly diagnosed loved one can be one of the most challenging�and one of the most rewarding�experiences possible.

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A diagnosis of Alzheimer�s disease can be frightening and overwhelming�and not just for the patient. Becoming the primary caregiver for a newly diagnosed loved one can be one of the most challenging�and one of the most rewarding�experiences possible.

In Understand Alzheimer�s: A First-Time Caregiver�s Plan to Understand & Prepare for Alzheimer�s & Dementia, you�ll find a wealth of practical and useful information to help you and your loved one deal with a diagnosis of Alzheimer�s disease. Understand Alzheimer�s is a guide to providing compassionate care for a spouse, parent, sibling, or friend, from the early stages of Alzheimer�s disease until the end of life.

Understand Alzheimer�s is a comprehensive and thoughtful guide to caring for a loved one with Alzheimer�s, with:

� An in-depth explanation of the seven stages of Alzheimer�s disease and what the diagnosis means
� Checklists for how to prepare your loved one�s surroundings for safety and ease of activities
� Compassionate advice for managing your stress and finding the balance to keep you from feeling depressed, lonely, and isolated
� A list of resources with information for supporting those with Alzheimer�s disease, and organizations that can help build a caregiving network
� A guide to Alzheimer�s treatment options and a checklist for dealing with medical professionals
� Helpful suggestions for managing the changes in your loved one�s behavior

Living with Alzheimer�s disease presents daily challenges for both the caregiver and patient. Understand Alzheimer�s is a practical guide that helps you and your loved one cope with Alzheimer�s while maintaining the best quality of life possible for both of you.

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Understand Alzheimer's: A First-Time Caregiver's Plan to Understand & Prepare for Alzheimer's & Dementia 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 75 reviews.
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DelisiciaJ More than 1 year ago
What an exceptional read. This book can assist any family that is dealing with this life changing disease. Even if you have no experience taking care of sick people it gives you a guideline on how to prepare for Alzheimer's. These are the types of books that I really appreciate because I know that they will have such a positive and strong impact on anyone that is going through this terrible part of life. 
diallo1 More than 1 year ago
I lost one grandparent to Alzheimer’s in my youth, and in just the past few weeks my grandmother was diagnosed with the disease. Besides being a little forgetful, she’s not showing any symptoms of the disease. I’m glad I came across this book at this time, it’s helping me and my families cope and prepare for what is coming. Understanding Alzheimer’s is not technical and so easy to read, understand, and follow. I recommend this book to any family suffering through Alzheimer’s.
ErickaM More than 1 year ago
I spent years away from my parents, and after returned to my hometown I can see that they have declined in mental faculties; especially my father. I have two young children, and now the prospect of caring for two aging parents. I was almost hopeless until I came across Understanding Alzheimer’s. I’ve read the book twice already and have highlighted almost the entire book. I don’t look forward to what’s coming, I think I’m prepared.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book for anyone needing information on caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s. Very realistic regarding what a caregiver can expect and great information on how you can help someone with Alzheimer’s. Book does a good job of helping caregivers set reasonable expectations for themselves and understand why they need other people involved in the patient’s daily care.
evlani More than 1 year ago
This book does exactly what it claims – explains Alzheimer’s disease and how to manage the care of a loved one faced with it. I not only came away with an understanding of Alzheimer’s, but also with some know-how in facing it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Caregivers of a loved one going through the seven stages of Alzheimer's described in this helpful manual have a difficult task. But the checklists & tips for caregiving are excellent, as are the specific directives to the caregivers to take care of themselves. From an excellent explanation of Alzheimer’s and its diagnosis to the resources in the Appendix, this book is an invaluable guide to anyone facing the often overwhelming challenge of Alzheimer caregiving.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's a daunting task, taking care of a loved one recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's.  The journey is long and arduous, but this book provides the necessarily explanations, information and support that is essential in navigating these unknown waters.  This book with help you decide on the best course of care for your loved one and how to always take care of yourself along the way. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Does a great job of explaining the progression of the disease so I know what to expect. This book was recommended to me because I have a relative recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. It gives some good information on managing their health care and how to be a caregiver. Great book to start  learning about Alzheimer’s.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
. Really great book for learning the basics of Alzheimer’s care. I needed some information on how to help Alzheimer’s patients with their health care options. This book provides great information, from what to do during appointments to treatments to physical therapy. Plus great information on safety precautions. 
DonaldD1 More than 1 year ago
A Must Read for First Time Caregivers: Are you looking to be a first time caregiver since your spouse, parent, or child is diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease or Dementia? The Understanding Alzheimer's book is for you.  It will challenge you to look at yourself honestly; that is, are you ready to be a caregiver? Even if you can deal with your love one's condition in its' early stages (difficulty cleaning the house, using a screw driver,etc.), can you  cope with it if he/she gets worse (such as hallucinations or delusions)? You will learn how to effectively talk to him/her them, what to or what not to do;it encourages you to even learn as much as you can about Alzheimer's disease and Dementia care for your loved one.    
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To Be Or Not To Be Should you become a caregiver to your loved one with Alzheimer’s? If so, what can you expect? There is a lot of information on the disease and its progression in this book. However, its true value is in helping you think about yourself to determine if being a caregiver is right for you AND your loved one. A great book. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Until I read this book, I was not aware that Alzheimer's affects more women than men and that it has risen sharply just  in the last decade alone.  This book is a very good source for those who have a loved one that has been diagnosed with the disease, or for those who simply want to have a better general understanding what it is, how it affects people, and the challenges and sensitivities that affect all of those who live with someone diagnosed with it.  
BamaDI More than 1 year ago
This book is well organized, well researched, written in easily understood terms, and with great compassion, From the emotional toll to the legal issues, the writers have managed to cover it all..  Caregiving takes a toll on the caregiver, especially if there is no support system in place.  With that understood, this plan is an excellent place to start if considering that option.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
“Understanding Alzheimer’s” is a good guide on how to understand Alzheimer's. The book is a great resource for anyone who has to deal with Alzheimer's, whether it’s a personal struggle or the struggle of someone they know. It is both an easy ready and a worthwhile purchase. Buy it Today!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Understand Alzheimer’s is a very informative book and is definitely recommended. When you’re in a situation of a loved one who may have Alzheimer’s and it’s your first time being in this type of situation, this book is a great one to choose from. In my opinion, this book has more information in it than anyplace else, the Internet being one of them. Alzheimer’s is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States so in my opinion, I would take that very seriously. Alzheimer’s disease is not a joke.
Djuanna More than 1 year ago
Caregivers and those interested in caring for the elderly can gain more insight into this disease which is predicted to affect more members of society in the future.  This guide is packed with suggestions and many strategies for those with no experience in this field. It is a resourceful reference for caregivers to have and to make available for those who come to visit!  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Understand Alzheimer’s is a practical and powerful read. Included are accessible explanations on the disease, a suggestions for managing your loved one’s behavior, even a list of resources with information supporting those with Alzheimer’s disease—so caretakers can network and support each other! 
Everseekin More than 1 year ago
This is an exceptional guide for the caregiver. This recently published books covers all the many and various details from diagnosis of the disease to planning for the last days. You will learn what the Eden Alternative is. The definition of shadowing is covered and how it effects the caregiver.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading the first few pages you clearly feel the empathetic, yet informative stance that this book takes.  Moved by the encouraging, support-centered material and the meticulous organization, this text wholly elaborates on every detail in understanding the consuming illness that is Alzheimer’s.  Opening by explaining basic relatable questions, it then delves into the choice of becoming a caregiver along with all the issues, essential steps and best management tips for that experience.  It comprehensively explains the seven stages  of Alzheimer’s disease and then breaks down what to expect in your care giving role along with common challenges.   This book covered everything a caregiver needs to know about how to take care of someone with Alzheimer’s and yourself, also.
EseE1 More than 1 year ago
If you've ever had a family member or relative diagnosed with this difficult disease, then this book may be a good starting point for figuring out  what comes next. Understand Alzheimer's acts as a road map of sorts detailing what may happen with the disease and how you can cope. The book offers suggestions on ways you can deal with some of the feelings you may be having and even empowers you by suggesting you take control and become a caregiver if you feel you are up to the task (there are a series of questions and tips should you decide this is what you'd like to do). 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a great comfort to me when my grandfather was diagnosed with Alzheimer's.  I didn't know where to turn.  I was hurt, shocked and overwhelmed.  It wasn't until I looked in these pages that I really understood what was happening in his world.  I will always be thankful for this book.  
Andy-J More than 1 year ago
A valuable guide for the caregiver at various stages of their journey.  The author stayed true to this purpose without complicated medical data and with plenty of checklists and planning advice.  The book follows the caregiver’s journey from the initial diagnosis and the decision to become a caregiver, to the levels of commitment at different stages of Alzheimer’s disease.  The author’s advice on taking care of the patient as well as taking care of one’s self was excellent.  The information on planning and managing caregiving was invaluable.
FareedaMabry More than 1 year ago
Although I got this book for free! They say the best things in life are free. This was very informative and helpful. I never knew about all the issues and complications that could go into being a primary caregiver for someone who has Alzheimer's. Glad I got an opportunity to read this and share some of the information to my family. It made the issue and dealing with it, more comforting. It is such a sensitive topic in my family. Everyone wants to keep quiet about mental health. I think ignoring it and not educating yourself on it, only makes it worse for the parents and the caregiver. I appreciated the quality and amount of information! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As alarming as a 68% increase is in an Alzheimer’s diagnosis, this comprehensive plan offers caregivers and patients documented neurological facets and communication symmetry that accompany 7 stages.  Particular to caregivers and patients, user-friendly coping and safety concerns from occupational and physical therapists is given throughout an Alzheimer’s diagnosis.