Help! What Do I Do Now?: Caring for Your Loved One with Alzheimer's

Help! What Do I Do Now?: Caring for Your Loved One with Alzheimer's

by Nancy Nicholson

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ISBN-13: 9780966591217
Publisher: Lillie's Lovely Little Publishing Company
Publication date: 11/30/2010
Pages: 86
Sales rank: 604,250
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.18(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Nancy Nicholson traveled a circuitous route to her present position as a licensed social worker. She dropped out of college to go to work and spent years in a variety of careers, including nurse's aide, career counselor, and operations manager of an interior landscape company. When her father was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, she became one of several family caregivers. She watched her father deteriorate from a highly intelligent, strong, and independent man to a body lying in a nursing home bed, not recognizing anyone and unable to control his bodily functions. She also saw the toll the disease took on her mother, the primary caregiver, and the other family caregivers. What she saw made such an impact on her that she decided to return to college and devote her life to caring for the elderly, particularly patients with dementia. She graduated from Texas A&M International University with the degree Bachelor of Social Work and earned her license as a Licensed Bachelor Social Worker. For the past seven years, she has worked for a chain of nursing homes, first as a social worker in a facility and currently as a social services consultant, where one of her primary duties is training nursing home staff.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm in the early stages of caregiving. Much of what I read is oriented to children caring for parents. I've been through that. Being the spouse is COMPLETELY different. This book is a good starting point. I will turn to it as time goes on. It is VERY handy to have it on my Nook! He doesn't have to see the book cover while I am reading. Nancy doesn't sugar coat this. She has practical tips for handling complex situations from the point of view of the AD spouse as well as the caregiver. Nancy also doesn't cringe away from the complex emotions we feel and reading about it in a calm manner is helping me not let myself spiral out of control. It seems so easy for so many advice givers to say "Don't take it personally." Well.... it is personal. Very personal. Nancy, I hope you read this and see my sincere thanks for writing this. And, yes, I have "The 36 Hour Day" too.