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When a Family Member Has Dementia: Steps to Becoming a Resilient Caregiver [NOOK Book]

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Caring for a person is a difficult and overwhelming task. In addition to the inevitable decline in memory and physical function, most persons with dementia develop one or more behavioral problems, such as depression, fearfulness, sleep disturbances, paranoia, or physical aggression at some point in their disease. Behavioral challenges in dementia are highly idiosyncratic; no two patients are alike, and interventions that work well with one person are often ineffective with another. Caregivers often become stuck: ...

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When a Family Member Has Dementia: Steps to Becoming a Resilient Caregiver

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Overview

Caring for a person is a difficult and overwhelming task. In addition to the inevitable decline in memory and physical function, most persons with dementia develop one or more behavioral problems, such as depression, fearfulness, sleep disturbances, paranoia, or physical aggression at some point in their disease. Behavioral challenges in dementia are highly idiosyncratic; no two patients are alike, and interventions that work well with one person are often ineffective with another. Caregivers often become stuck: either unable to figure out how best to help their loved one, or unable to consistently implement positive practices that they know would improve their situation. This book offers caregivers a set of practical and flexible tools to enable them to become more resilient in the face of difficulty and change.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Although unsettling for a reader who has not been involved with dementia, the book is an authentic and heartening companion for those who are in the midst of providing such care, and for those who are beginning the journey into a dark and bewildering future with someone they love."

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Care Management Journals

"Susan McCurry's book about the resilient caregiver is a wonderful addition to the literature for people caring for individuals experiencing significant memory deterioration….With respect and compassion, she provides an easy-to-remember set of tools for those who are living with and loving an adult whose memory and self-care capacity are degenerating. McCurry's book is an eloquent and timely example of giving psychology away. It contains a variety of helpful ideas familiar to practicing clinicians in language that makes them accessible to very busy nonpsychologists….McCurry conveys a hopefulness that can encourage people to find the best in themselves and in the people they love, even when those people are no longer able to take responsibility for their part of the relationship. This capacity to give more, coupled with the ability to find joy in the giving, is deeply inspirational to me. I honor and appreciate those caregivers who are making the world a better place for all of us."

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P&T

"McCurry points out that no two people with dementia are alike, and that caregivers must learn to rely on their own creativity and innate resources to help their loved ones. She clearly and honestly describes a number of situations in which caregivers may find themselves and their loved ones, and also shows how caregivers choose to react can affect not only the quality of life for the loved one but also for the caregiver. She gives caregivers tools they can use to develop resilience as their loved ones' behaviors change and advises them to practice five core principles: do not argue, accept the disease, nurture yourself, create novel situations, and enjoy the moment. She also provides a list of resources and a bibliography."

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SciTech Book News

"[A]n important and accessible guide for caregivers facing the daunting task of providing support to a loved one with dementia; McCurry's excellent book is filled with practical advice."

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THE SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER

"[T]he book is a fine guide to a practical philosophy of providing care while maintaining one's own emotional balance."

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PsycCritiques

"Clinical psychologist McCurry presents a glimpse into the world of persons diagnosed with dementia, or care recipients and their resilient family caregivers. The main audience clearly is family caregivers, and perhaps professionals and practitioners who work with family caregivers or support groups. McCurry labels her program The Dementia Dance or DANCE, an acronym for five core principles for resilient caregivers. In this readable book, the author identifies what she defines as the art of learning resilience and the characteristics of resilient caregivers. Her case studies readily highlight the components of resilience. McCurry provides exercises at the end of chapters to assist caregivers in developing strategies for dealing with the difficulties they face. The book's intended audiences will be able to usefully apply this book. Although faculty in many disciplines could incorporate it in the classroom, its best use will be by professionals or practitioners, along with resilient caregivers, in guiding already-overburdened family caregivers who are experiencing coping challenges. Recommended. Professionals/practitioners; general readers; lower-/upper-level undergraduates."

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Choice

"[T]eaches caregivers how to take advantage of their own unique inner resources to overcome the special challenges of dementia in a loved one. But it does more than encourage inner resilience: chapters provide specific tips and tools for developing inner resources and strategies, and offer five core principles which link these strategies to life. Vignettes blend with practical tip applications. inner resources and strategies, and offer five core principles which link these strategies to life. Vignettes blend with practical tip applications."

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Midwest Book Review - California Bookwatch

"If you are a caregiver, you need this book! It may be beneficial for you to have family and friends read it to understand the D.A.N.C.E. principles. This way you will be on the same page when coming up with possible solutions to the many problems faced by caregivers and their patients. I suggest that physicians and other professionals treating Alzheimer's patients have this book in their waiting rooms and on their office shelves. Tell caregivers about it -- it will help them survive this situation without become totally frustrated themselves."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313049026
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/30/2006
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 214 KB

Meet the Author

SUSAN M. MCCURRY is Research Associate Professor in the Department of Psychosocial and Community Health and Adjunct Research Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington and an attending psychologist in the Geriatric and Family Services Clinic in the U.W. Internal Medicine Department.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Linda Teri, Ph.D.

Preface

The Problem: Dementia Caregiving is Hard!

Why Resilience Matters

The Program: Learning the Dementia Dance

Don't Argue!

Accept the Disease

Nurture Yourself

Create Novel Solutions

Enjoy the Moment

The Promise: You can do it!

Appendix A. Caregiver Resources

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2006

    A valuable resource for caregivers

    Susan McCurry chronicles with humor and compassion the pitfalls and rewards of caring for a loved one with dementia. Beautifully written in a style accessible by lay person or professional, this book offers hope and practical advice for the many of us living as caregivers of family members. Dr. McCurry's observations, interviews, and sage suggestions give one hope for maintaining personal balance in an everchanging, emotional, and oft times perplexing relationship. In reading this book not only did I find validation and support in caring for my father, many of the ideas are applicable to improving any relationship.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2006

    This book was written just for me

    It's all about perspective. As a caregiver of a demented family member, it is easy to get mired down with the frustrations, loneliness and challenges of daily routines. Susan McCurry's book reminded me that by taking care of myself, I am able to provide a better quality of care for my loved one. She provides numerous case studies from her clinical practice of creative problem solving by family members. She provides exercises to encourage new perspectives. And, what I appreciated most, was her committment to the value of caregiving - appreciating the moments no one else will ever know, the privilege of being there for those special moments. And isn't that why we do it? Thanks for reminding me, Dr. McCurry.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2006

    I love the dance

    I work in Alzheimer's research and am sometimes asked how to care for a loved one. I will happily refer caregivers to this book. Dr. McCurry approaches the problems of caregiving with a warm and generous heart. We could all learn from this exceptional book.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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