Through five editions, The 36-Hour Day has been an essential resource for families who love and care for people with Alzheimer disease. Whether a person has Alzheimer disease or another form of dementia, he or she will face a host of problems. The 36-Hour Day will help family members and caregivers address these challenges and simultaneously cope with their own emotions and needs.
Featuring useful takeaway messages and informed by recent research into the causes of and the search for therapies to prevent or cure dementia, this edition includes new information on
• devices to make life simpler and safer for people who have dementia
• strategies for delaying behavioral and neuropsychiatric symptoms
• changes in Medicare and other health care insurance laws
• palliative care, hospice care, durable power of attorney, and guardianship
• dementia due to traumatic brain injury
• choosing a residential care facility
• 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. The 36-Hour Day is the definitive dementia care guide.
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 professor emeritus of psychiatry and medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He was the founding director of its geriatric psychiatry program and the first holder of the Richman Family Professorship of Alzheimer Disease and Related Disorders. He is the author of Is It Alzheimer's? 101 Answers to Your Most Pressing Questions about Memory Loss and Dementia, also available from Johns Hopkins University Press.
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."