Understanding and Managing Dementia

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It is the intent of this publication to alleviate the mental anguish associated with looking after patients with dementia. The terms 'dementia' describes a group of symptoms caused by changes in brain function. These symptoms affect thinking, learning and memory abilities.Awareness of this disorder is just beginning to emerge in developing countries.Alzheimer's disease and related dementias exact a massive toll on health care costs, disability, and lost productivity of both aptients and family caregivers.In ...

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Overview

It is the intent of this publication to alleviate the mental anguish associated with looking after patients with dementia. The terms 'dementia' describes a group of symptoms caused by changes in brain function. These symptoms affect thinking, learning and memory abilities.Awareness of this disorder is just beginning to emerge in developing countries.Alzheimer's disease and related dementias exact a massive toll on health care costs, disability, and lost productivity of both aptients and family caregivers.In Understanding and Managing Dementia, the author presents the essentials of the disease and provides resources for nurses, administrators, caregivers and families. Caregivers will find the book particularly useful on a day-to-day basis. The reader will have a better understanding of conditions arising from dementia and the resources outlined in the book should enable them to make informed decisions.Some of the topics covered include: Alzheimer's Disease, Ageing and Memory Impairment, Depression and the Older Adult, Families and Issues of Ageing, Living Arrangements and the Latest Treatment Options

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780970755841
  • Publisher: Garev Publishing International
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Pages: 178
  • Product dimensions: 5.36 (w) x 8.26 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

Joan Breitung, RA, MA, MSNhas spent more than 35 years in the nursing profession teaching and writing about gerontology and geriatrics. During her extensive clinical experience in long term care, it became clear that families and informal caregivers of dementia patients rarely had a clear understanding of the process of dementia, the needs of the patient. This book addresses them.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 5
Chapter 1 Aging and Memory Impairment 7
Dementia: definition, symptoms
Stereotypes of old age
Influence of lifestyle
Ageism
Brain structure and function
Disorders confused with dementia
Diagnosing dementia
How caregivers can help with treatment
Other events that can cause dementia-like symptoms
Reversible and irreversible dementia
Support for caregivers
International support information and services
Chapter 2 Depression and the Older Adult 25
Depression and dementia
Depression and the aging process
Causes of depression
Vascular depression
Difficulties in diagnosing and treating geriatric depression
Difference between depression and grief
The depressed elder in long term care
Bereavement and depression
Risks for depression
Non-professional's insight into depression
Illnesses associated with depression
Chapter 3 Alzheimer's Disease 43
Prevalence of Alzheimer's disease
Symptoms
Causes
Protection against AD
Making the diagnosis
Risk factors
Treatment of AD
Under investigation
Complementary and alternative medicine
Family matters
Chapter 4 Geriatric Mental Illness 61
Geriatric mental health care crisis
Under-treatment of geriatric mental health disorders
Securing help for elders in need of mental health service
Falls and dementia
Myths/facts about mental functioning on old age
Maintaining intellectual function
Psychiatric treatment of the geriatric patient
The significance of mental illness in long-term care
Mental disorders as they affect physical health
Integrative medicine
Chapter 5 Families and Issues of Aging 77
Telling an elderly parent that he needs help
Long distance caregivers
Keeping track of information
Alternative living
Stress of care-giving
Getting help for an older parent
When more help is needed
Home care personnel and how they can help
Differences between using an agency and hiring directly
Chapter 6 Living Arrangements 95
Home modification and repair
Falls and the older adult
Late life decisions
Overview of long-term care
Characteristics of assisted living communities
Choosing the right assisted living facility
Characteristics of the nursing home population
Choosing the right nursing home
Nursing home placement
Chapter 7 Maintaining Wellness 111
Why exercise
Exercise specifics
Tai chi
Dementia and exercise
Exercise benefits for caregivers
Drugs
Dizziness and accident prevention: the risks of polypharmacy
Taking non-prescription drugs responsibly
Osteoporosis
The role of nutrition
Barriers to good nutrition
Managing problem behavior
Chapter 8 Care-giving 131
Care-giving responsibilities
Help and support for the caregiver
Maintaining well- being
Managing stress
Spirituality as it affects both caregiver and patient
Intercessory prayer
The driving dilemma
Alternatives to driving
Maintaining and encouraging independence
Future directions
Appendix 147
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Additional suggested reading
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