Through five editions, The 36-Hour Day has been the "bible" for families who love and care for people with Alzheimer disease. This book offers much-needed information and support to millions of people throughout the world. Whether a person has Alzheimer disease, vascular dementia, or another form of dementia, he or she will struggle with independent living and most likely face medical, behavioral, mood, and legal and financial problems. This essential resource will help family members and caregivers address all of these challenges and simultaneously cope with their own emotions and needs.
Thoroughly revised and updated, this sixth edition features easy-to-see take-away messages about every aspect of caregiving. Informed by new research into the causes of dementia and the search for therapies to prevent or cure dementia, this edition also includes new and expanded information on
• what we know about how to prevent dementia and the diseases that cause dementia;
• new high-tech and low-tech devices to make life simpler and safer for people who have dementia;
• behavioral and neuropsychiatric symptoms;
• strategies for delaying symptoms in a person who has dementia;
• changes in Medicare and other health care insurance laws;
• changes in banking practices with regard to competency;
• palliative care, hospice care, durable power of attorney, and guardianship;
• Continuing Care at Home programs;
• Parkinson's related dementia;
• dementia due to traumatic brain injury
• choosing and moving a person to residential care; and
• support groups for caregivers, friends, and family members
The central idea underlying the bookthat much can be done to improve the lives of people with dementia and of those caring for themremains the same. Still very much the book readers turn to, this fresh edition of The 36-Hour Day is the definitive guide for those who continue to love someone even after he or she has been changed by dementia.
About the Author
Nancy L. Mace, MA, is retired. She was a consultant to and member of the board of directors of the Alzheimer’s Association and an assistant in psychiatry and coordinator of the T. Rowe and Eleanor Price Teaching Service of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Peter V. Rabins, MD, MPH, is a professor of the practice in the Erickson School of Aging Management Services at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He was the founding director of the geriatric psychiatry program and the first holder of the Richman Family Professorship of Alzheimer Disease and Related Disorders in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Table of Contents
2. Getting Medical Help for the Person Who Has Dementia
3. Characteristic Behavioral Symptoms in People Who Have Dementia
4. Problems in Independent Living
5. Problems Arising in Daily Care
6. Medical Problems
7. Managing the Behavioral and Neuropsychiatric Symptoms of Dementia
8. Symptoms Associated with Mood Change and Suspiciousness
9. Special Arrangements if you Become Ill
10. Getting Outside Help
11. You and the person Who Has Dementia
12. How Caring for a Person Who Has Dementia Affects You
13. Caring for Yourself
14. For Children and Teenagers
15. Financial and Legal Issues
16. Long-Term Care Arrangements
17. Preventing and Delaying Cognitive Decline
18. Brain Disorders and the Causes of Dementia
19. Research in Dementia
What People are Saying About This
"Having lived the chapter and verse of The 36-Hour Day for twenty years, I know how this book empowers families with constructive and compassionate advice. This new edition offers definitive testament to the slow destructive force of Alzheimer’s disease and how it challenges families caring for loved ones with dementia. It is a must read by all those who serve our aging generation."
"Thorough and compassionate, offering accessible information and practical advice, The 36-Hour Day is a necessary resource for families living with dementia. Still the gold standard, this book is the trusted reference that families turn to firstand over and overfor guidance and support in caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease."
"From its knowing title to its knows-everything contents,The 36-Hour Day"gets" what you're going through. This encyclopedia of dementia care misses no aspect of life affected, from tough behaviors to challenged relationships to medication decisions describing each with both the honesty and compassion we caregivers deeply need."
"We yearn for the day when there is no Alzheimer’s, no Alzheimer patients, and no Alzheimer caregivers.Until then, there is The 36-Hour Day."