Dr. Ruth's Guide for the Alzheimer's Caregiver: How to Care for Your Loved One without Getting Overwhelmed . . . and without Doing It All Yourself

Dr. Ruth's Guide for the Alzheimer's Caregiver: How to Care for Your Loved One without Getting Overwhelmed . . . and without Doing It All Yourself

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Dr. Ruth's Guide for the Alzheimer's Caregiver: How to Care for Your Loved One without Getting Overwhelmed . . . and without Doing It All Yourself by Ruth K Westheimer

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781610351355
Publisher: Linden Publishing
Publication date: 11/01/2012
Pages: 188
Sales rank: 852,475
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

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

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction ix

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

Index 182

About the Authors 187

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