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Dr. Ruth, a trusted name in relationship therapy, presents effective coping strategies for both the practical problems and emotional stresses of Alzheimer's care. More than 15 million Americans are responsible for the care of a loved one with Alzheimer's disease, a situation that can quickly lead to feeling overwhelmed while trying to balance between the full-time needs of a dependent adult and the caregiver's own physical and mental health. The tactics and resources presented in this book build confidence in the caregiver and provide health-guided advice on how to avoid burnout, seek support from family and friends, resolve family disputes, maintain a loving relationship with a spouse or parent with Alzheimer's, manage behavior, and make the home a safe environment. Keeping the best interests of everyone involved in mind, the guide also details how to coordinate effectively with doctors, facilities, and other care providers.
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About the Author
Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer is a psychosexual therapist who pioneered frank and open discourse about sexual matters on the radio with her program" Sexually Speaking," which expanded into a communications network that has included television, books, newspapers, games, home video, computer software, and the web. She is the author of more than 30 books. Pierre A. Lehu has been Dr. Ruth's minister of communications for 30 years, serving as her publicist and a coauthor. They have collaborated on more than a dozen books. They both live in New York City.
Table of Contents
Part 1 Advice from Dr. Ruth
Chapter 1 How to Help Yourself 3
Chapter 2 Feelings 14
Chapter 3 You Get to Have a Life, Too 41
Chapter 4 When You're Taking Care of Your Spouse 51
Chapter 5 When You're Taking Care of a Parent or Other Relative 72
Chapter 6 Dealing with Professional Caregivers 83
Chapter 7 Helping Children and Grandchildren Cope 96
Part 2 Standing on the Shoulders of Giants
Chapter 8 Treating Alzheimer's 107
Chapter 9 Tips for Caregivers 128
Chapter 10 Where You Can Get Help 157
Chapter 11 Facilities 168
Chapter 12 Legal and Financial Issues 173
Appendix Internet Resources 180
About the Authors 187