When Someone You Love Has Alzheimer's: The Caregiver's Journey

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For all whose lives are touched by the devastation of Alzheimer's disease, When Someone You Love Has Alzheimer's offers guidance, comfort, and hope. This clear, compassionate guide explains: how Alzheimer's is diagnosed and what course it takes; how Alzheimer's affects memory, emotions, and behavior; which symptoms of Alzheimer's can be treated; the spiritual and emotional challenges that caregivers face; how to handle an Alzheimer patient's bizarre behavior; how to explain Alzheimer's to children; how to balance...
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Overview

For all whose lives are touched by the devastation of Alzheimer's disease, When Someone You Love Has Alzheimer's offers guidance, comfort, and hope. This clear, compassionate guide explains: how Alzheimer's is diagnosed and what course it takes; how Alzheimer's affects memory, emotions, and behavior; which symptoms of Alzheimer's can be treated; the spiritual and emotional challenges that caregivers face; how to handle an Alzheimer patient's bizarre behavior; how to explain Alzheimer's to children; how to balance the patient's needs with your own; and when and where to seek help.
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A unique combination of sensitive spiritual support and up-to-date factual knowledge. —Dennis J. Selkoe, M.D., Harvard Medical School

"As one of millions who has suffered with a family member struck by Alzheimer's, I welcome this book's solace and advice for others on this difficult journey. While we hope and fight for a cure that lies in the future, it is also important to deal with the present-and this fine book is here to help." —Senator John D. Rockefeller IV (Democrat, West Virginia)

"Simple, realistic, reassuring. . . . This is excellent counsel." —Ray Olson, Booklist

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807027219
  • Publisher: Beacon
  • Publication date: 11/28/1997
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 Accepting the Diagnosis, Grieving the Loss 1
2 Beginning to Cope 36
3 Finding Support: Family, Friends, and Others 70
4 Achieving Compassion and Forgiveness 115
6 Questions and Answers about Alzheimer's 185
Resources 155
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