The Alzheimer's Medical Advisor: A Caregiver's Guide to 54 Common Medical Signs and Symptoms Experienced by Those with Dementia

The Alzheimer's Medical Advisor: A Caregiver's Guide to 54 Common Medical Signs and Symptoms Experienced by Those with Dementia

by Philip Sloane


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As we move through life many of us find ourselves needing to help a family member or friend with a medical condition. If the condition is temporary, our need to help is temporary. However, chronic conditions such as Alzheimer's and other dementias require longer-term, possibly ever-increasing assistance. Problems with thinking and memory lead to new, different, and often challenging behaviors. In addition, caring for someone with Alzheimer's often means helping them deal with other medical problems that are often difficult to recognize.

This book is a resource for caregivers of people with Alzheimer's or dementia who are also beginning to experience non-memory-related medical conditions. It addresses 54 medical conditions that caregivers often must deal with when providing care. Each medical condition is addressed in an easy-to-follow, two-page guide that provides basic facts about the medical condition, signs that indicate a possible emergency, tips on providing relief in the home, other related issues to watch out for, and safety tips for the caregiver.

Written by experts at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University, this book is based on the latest clinical knowledge and scientific research on Alzheimer's and the care of Alzheimer's and dementia patients. It includes basic facts about Alzheimer's disease and other dementias and practical guidance when conferring with doctors and nurses, when visiting hospitals, nursing homes, and assisted-living residences, and during the dying process. Also, an entire chapter is devoted to what caregivers need to do to take care of themselves while helping someone with Alzheimer's and related dementia.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781934716663
Publisher: Sunrise River Press
Publication date: 07/12/2017
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 219,974
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

How to Use this Book

1 About Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias

2 Caring for and Living with Someone with Dementia

3 Taking Care of Yourself While Helping Someone with Dementia

4 Setting Goals for Life and Care

5 Common Care Issues
Abdominal Pain
Abuse and Neglect
Anger and Aggression
Anxiety or Worry
Blood in the Urine
Bowel Incontinence
Breathing Problems
Chest Pain
Chewing and Swallowing
Confusion and Delirium
Decreased Activity
Dental Problems
Diabetes Care
Eye Problems
Falls and Falling
Foot Problems
Hallucinations and Delusions
Head Injury
Hearing Problems
Heart Failure
High Blood Pressure
Hip Fracture
Itching, Picking and Scratching
Kidney Disease
Leg and Foot Wounds
Leg Swelling
Not Eating or Drinking
Not Taking Care of Oneself
Pain with Urination
Passing Out
Pressure Ulcers
Resisting Personal Care
Sexual Behavior Changes
Skin Injuries
Sleep Problems—Daytime
Sleep Problems—Nighttime
Urine Accidents (Incontinence)
Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
Vision Problems
Voice and Speaking Problems

6 Keeping an Eye on Medical Issues and General Health
Breathing Rate
Body Temperature
Blood Pressure
Diabetes and Other Chronic Illnesses
Nutrition and Weight

7 Medication Safety and Management

8 Health Care System
Primary Care Provider
Emergency Care
Hospital and After Hospital
Paid In-Home Care
Residential, Long-Term Care
End-of-Life Care Services

9 Useful Information to Have on Hand: Recording Sheets


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