Alzheimer's Early Stages and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Buy Used
$4.00
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Used: Very Good | Details
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: While this book has been loved by someone else, they left it in great condition. Hurry and buy it before someone else does and take advantage of our FREE Super Saver Shipping!!!
Add to Cart
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

Alzheimer's Early Stages: First Steps for Family, Friends and Caregivers Paperback – March 27, 2003


See all 7 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Hardcover
"Please retry"
$4.52
Paperback
"Please retry"
$5.45 $0.01

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Hunter House; 2nd edition (March 27, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0897933974
  • ISBN-13: 978-0897933971
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 4.5 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #822,655 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Library Journal

With increased awareness of the symptoms of Alzheimer's and improved diagnostic techniques, more people are learning that they or a family member have a memory disorder. Yet few books aimed at helping families understand and cope with the disease's early stages have been availableAuntil now. Kuhn, a social worker and education director at Chicago's Rush Alzheimer's Disease Center, guides families in developing a philosophy of care, offering clear, current information on the nature of the illness along with anecdotes drawn from his own practice and first-person caregiver accounts. Throughout, Kuhn stresses the importance of sharing the care by involving others. Especially valuable is the extensive resource list of web sites, organizations, and references to consumer and professional literature. More details, particularly on such topics as finding knowledgeable medical providers, would have strengthened this worthwhile book. Still, this is a much-needed addition to the Alzheimer's literature. For all consumer health collections.AKaren McNally Bensing, Benjamin Rose Inst. Lib., Cleveland
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From AudioFile

In a smoothly abridged and information-packed audio, an experienced mental health practitioner focuses on the early stages of this devastating disease. He clarifies the differences between Alzheimer's symptoms and impairments due to normal aging or other brain syndromes. His explanations of the medical and physiological reasons for Alzheimer's symptoms are very accessible. Without being melodramatic he sounds sensitive to how families experience this kind of loss. Helped by a reasonably optimistic reading by William Dufris, the author's recommendations cover a wide range of social and medical options, all intended to help families retain some sense of order and equilibrium while they cope with this kind of tragedy. T.W. © AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

More About the Author

Daniel Kuhn, MSW is a Community Educator at Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care, based in Mount Prospect, Illinois. He is former Director of the Professional Training Institute for the Alzheimer's Association - Greater Illinois Chapter. Since 1973, he has been active in the fields of health care and aging as a social worker and an educator. He completed a master's degree in social work at the University of Illinois in Chicago and is a licensed clinical social worker. He has authored or co-authored more than 50 publications on dementia care, end-of-life care, and family caregiving issues.He was the 2009 recipient of the Mental Health and Aging Award by the American Society on Aging. He frequently gives presentations at conferences throughout the U.S and Canada.

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars
5 star
28
4 star
4
3 star
2
2 star
1
1 star
0
See all 35 customer reviews
This is a very well written book.
Rainlady
This book contains much of the information needed for a caregiver to prepare for dealing with the progression of Alzheimers.
jacki
This book should be read by anyone helping to take care of a person with Alzheimer's Disease - in any stage.
A. Walters

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

72 of 72 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 22, 2003
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
When the first edition of this book appeared in late 1999, it became the antidote for the scary books about Alzheimer's disease that have dominated the literature since the 1980s. By focusing on the early stages of the disease, Kuhn provides the right dose of help and hope to those struggling to come to terms with the myriad changes in roles and responsibilities of all concerned. The second edition provides updated information while leaving intact positive messages about living with Alzheimer's and not merely surviving through it. A new chapter gives voice to experienced family members who share valuable lessons. This book provides accurate information about the disease and useful tips that enable family members, friends and interested professionals to cope with someone's memory loss and other thinking problems. It's the one book that should be read by all starting down this difficult road. And doctors should be writing down this title on a prescription pad!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Jacqueline Marcell on March 19, 2004
Format: Paperback
I wish this book had been available when I started the caregiving journey with my parents, both with (mis-diagnosed) early stage Alzheimer's disease. I had to learn everything the hard way. Knowledge is power and this book will explain all the details your doctor doesn't have time to tell you. If you know anyone starting down this path with elderly loved ones, this is a book they will thank you for.

I also interviewed Mr. Kuhn on my radio program and was impressed further by his vast knowledge and by the way he explained Alzheimer's early stage, which is so easily overlooked by families as well as physicians.

-Jacqueline Marcell, Author 'Elder Rage, or Take My Father... Please! How to Survive Caring for Aging Parents', International Speaker on Eldercare & Alzheimer's
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 28, 2001
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book covered all the issues I'm facing, both as a son of an reciently diagnoised dad, and as a legal agent for another family member with Alzheimer's. This has been by far the best book I've found on the practical matters that must be addressed early on (i.e. driving, finances, and care choices). For now, this is my reference book. I'd strongly suggest starting with this book if Alzheimer's has entered your family or close circle of friends.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 11, 2001
Format: Paperback
A readable, well-informed, and wide-ranging exploration of Alzheimer's--really an excellent resource. I'm an ombudsman volunteer and needed to learn more about this disease, and especially wanted something that wasn't all gloom and doom. Caregivers in particular should find this book useful. It provides up-to-date information on how the disease "behaves," and then devotes several chapters to considering how the best possible care can be provided for persons with early stages of Alzheimer's. If their needs for intimacy, community, and meaningful activity are met, the author says, the person with Alzheimer's can be relatively happy. There are chapters on what it's like for the person who has the disease, ways to improve communication, appropriate activities, planning for future care, and caring for the caregiver, among other topics. Throughout there's enough detail to be useful, but not so much that you feel overwhelmed. There are many practical suggestions, informed by compassion and professional expertise. There's also a helpful list of resources at the back, along with citations to resources in the professional literature. Overall, an excellent contribution for those of us looking for better ways to think about and respond to the Alzheimer's challenge.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 7, 1999
Format: Paperback
After going through this process for almost 18 years with my father and now starting over with a sister just over 50, I find this book to be a great resource for our family. Things are different now than with my father, Alzheimer's is not that awful word that you were afraid to say. It is nice to know that people like Dan understand and is able to put his knowledge into words to help others. Thanks Dan.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 8, 1999
Format: Paperback
When my mother was first diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, everything I read about it scared me out of my wits. I wish this balanced book had been available to instruct and encourage me and my family. This impressive guide is a refreshing antidote to the usual doom and gloom. If you wonder if a relative or friend may have the disease or if a diagnosis has recently been determined, this is a must read.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A. Walters on November 9, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book should be read by anyone helping to take care of a person with Alzheimer's Disease - in any stage. The information is easy to understand, useful, and practical. The book also contains a long list of where to find more information as well as equipment, etc. A Great Resource.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Paula B on April 19, 2002
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book covers absolutely everything you would want to know about caring for a person with Alzheimer's Disease. I really appreciated its combination of honesty tempered with kindness. It includes not only the author's considerable knowldege of the topic, but also the perspectives of victins of Alzheimer's as well as a host of different caregivers -- real people, all of them. When I read this book, I felt that it had covered every single one of the myriad conflicting emotions I feel every day in joining with my family to care for my father.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Search