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A Caregiver's Guide to Alzheimer's Disease (300 Tips for Making Life Easier) [Kindle Edition]

Patricia R. Callone MA MRE , Connie BS Kudlacek , Barabara C. MA Vasiloff
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  • Print ISBN-10: 1932603166
  • Print ISBN-13: 978-1932603163
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Book Description

An estimated 5 million Americans have Alzheimer's disease. That number continues to grow - by 2050 the number of individuals with Alzheimer's could range from 11.3 million to 16 million. Alzheimer's disease is not a normal part of aging. It is a devastating disorder of the brain's nerve cells that impairs memory, thinking, and behavior. Written for patients, their families, and caregivers, A Caregiver's Guide to Alzheimer's Disease: 300 Tips for Making Life Easier will help readers understand what is physically happening to the brain so they can empower their own special skills and talents throughout the disease process. The book is divided into three sections that correspond to the progression of Alzheimer's and the unique challenges encountered at each stage.

Section A: The major part of the book divides the progression of the disease into Stages: the Pre-Clinical Stage; Early-To-Mild Stage, which marks the onset of the disease; Moderate Stage; and the Severe Stage. Hundreds of practical tips geared to coping and compensating at each level of the disease provide support for the affected individual and the caregiver.

Section B: A bonus section of questions and answers addresses specific issues caregivers face and give them points to reflect on as they continue the process. Key topics covered include:

  • Legal and financial issues
  • Family Forums in the caregiving process
  • The role of medication at various stages of the disease
  • Helping children understand what is happening to a loved one
  • Handling the holidays and celebrations
  • Making the living environment more stimulating and enjoyable

Section C: Lists resources and suggests websites to find additional information about the disease itself as well as related valuable networks.

With an abundance of pointers and guidelines for affected individuals, their families, friends and caregivers, A Caregiver's Guide to Alzheimer's Disease: 300 Tips for Making Life Easier is essential for all readers who want to focus on the capabilities that remain instead of those that have been lost.;Letter to the Reader; Acknowledgements; Introduction; SECTION A: Tips to Make Life Easier For Persons With Alzheimer's Disease, Their Caregivers, Family Members, and Friends. Pre-clinical stage: Wonder and Worry Overview of the Pre-Clinical Stage; The Brain of a Healthy Person; Explanation of the Seven Key Functions of the Brain; Is it Old Age or Dementia?; How the Disease Affects the Seven Key Functions; II. Early-To-Mild Stage: (3-5 years) - Something's Going Wrong; Moderate Stage: (3-5 years) - So Many Changes; Severe Stage: Making Every Moment Count. SECTION B: Helpful Information Concerning Alzheimer's Disease or Related Dementia That is Not Stage-Specific. SECTION C: Resources Available for Those Affected With Alzheimer's Disease, Their Caregivers, Family Members, and Friends; What local Resources are Available?; Webliography: Alzheimer's Information on the Internet.;"As the authors of this handy, elucidating and empathetic guide take readers through the progression of Alzheimer's disease, they pay special attention to the patient, having them understand what will be happening to them and making sure that they, and those entrusted with their care as the disease takes its course, tap into their special skills and talents as long as they are able...The authors effectively relate the importance of empathy and patience, as well as having a plan and a network of friends and advisors to deal with the progression of Alzheimer's disease."--Kirkus Reports

"This book, which I can thoroughly recommend, is certainly revealing and contains much that is critical for caregivers to know. I believe every professional working with those in dementia and their caregivers would do well to have a copy. The book lends itself to reading straight through and then to being used as and when it is necessary as a reference. It is easy to find specific information as the framework is helpful and logical. The sections on the spiritual needs of those with dementia were welcome topics... I wish I had had this book when I set out on the caregiving journey."--International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry"



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"As the authors of this handy, elucidating and empathetic guide take readers through the progression of Alzheimer's disease, they pay special attention to the patient, having them understand what will be happening to them and making sure that they, and those entrusted with their care as the disease takes its course, tap into their special skills and talents as long as they are able....The authors effectively relate the importance of empathy and patience, as well as having a plan and a network of friends and advisors to deal with the progression of Alzheimer's disease."--Kirkus Reports

"This book, which I can thoroughly recommend, is certainly revealing and contains much that is critical for caregivers to know. I believe every professional working with those in dementia and their caregivers would do well to have a copy. The book lends itself to reading straight through and then to being used as and when it is necessary as a reference. It is easy to find specific information as the framework is helpful and logical. The sections on the spiritual needs of those with dementia were welcome topics... I wish I had had this book when I set out on the caregiving journey."--International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry (International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry 2010-05-03)

About the Author

Patricia R. Callone is the Vice President of Institutional Relations for Creighton University. For six years she served on the Board of Directors of the Alzheimer's Association Midlands Chapter. She has experience with Alzheimer's as both an educator and as a caregiver.

Connie Kudlacek, BS is the Executive Director of the Alzheimer's Association Midlands Chapter.

Barbara C. Vasiloff is the co-founder and President of Discipline With Purpose, Inc.

Janaan Manternach is a well respected author and educator.

Dr. Roger A. Brumback is a Professor of Pathology and Psychiatry and the Chairman of the Department of Pathology at the Creighton University School of Medicine.

Product Details

  • File Size: 463 KB
  • Print Length: 115 pages
  • Publisher: Demos Health; 1 edition (January 1, 2006)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0049ENHQC
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,406 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Helpful Guide April 16, 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I purchased 3 books on Alzheimer's from Amazon. This one is helpful for all the tips and suggestions. It covers resources available, suggestions on how to handle legal matters, and many other issues.

It's very important for the caregiver of an Alzheimer's patient to have this type of information.

There is another book I found even more helpful. It's called 'Learning How to Speak Alzheimer's'.
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A powerful tool for the caregiver February 19, 2008
Format:Paperback
This book is a must have for any person dealing with a loved one, friend or client with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia. The tips are practical and readable. It is important for those caring for someone with dementia to have the proper tools. Also you want to focus on skills an afflicted person still has. Important also is keeping the mind of an Alzheimer's person active because this will help slow the decline. This book gives you practical tips on how to do that
by Susan Berg, author of Adorable Photographs of Our Baby: Meaningful, Mind Stimulating Activities and More for the Memory Challenged, Their Loved Ones, and Involved Professionals
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful source of information June 1, 2007
Format:Paperback
This book gives a clear and concise summary of changes which occur in the brain and in the behavior of the patient with Alzheimer's Disease. Dividing the book into three sections based on the stages of the disease is very useful. The tips for making life easier can easily be implemented.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The book I wanted to write October 24, 2008
Format:Paperback
I am a geriatric care manager and was the primary caregiver for my aunt for 7 years before she died from AD. The experience of caring for her was challenging but also very positive and life transforming for me. This book captures the heart of my experience and presents Alzheimer's Disease and caring for a loved one with it in a very life affirming way. It gives hope and meaning to a difficult but not hopeless situation. The many practical ideas presented in the book are invaluable and come straight from the real lives of experienced caregivers. I can highly recommend it.
The companion volume, "Alzheimer's Disease: The Dignity Within: A Handbook for Caregivers, Family and Friends" is also excellent.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you plan to care for your loved one at home September 10, 2009
Format:Paperback
If you plan to care for your loved one at home for as long as possible, this book is very helpful. It helped me understand the abilities that are present throughout the disease process (much like other books on the subject) but had a lot of very practical suggestions on how to compensate as the different abilities are lost. I never would have thought of painting the wall behind the toilet, reflector tape on the floor, etc.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great explanation of the loss of brain function April 20, 2010
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The pie charts that show the disease's progression were spectacular. The tips were well organized and succinct. I highlighted much in this book, to use as a handy guide and reference. It was an eye-opening experience to read about bizarre behaviors that I thought were unique to my 91 year old Godmother. As I learn more about this awful disease, I now see and understand she is exhibiting classic symptoms of advanced Alzheimer's. It helps to know that her behaviors are not directed at me as I originally thought, but that she is sick. If you think you are alone and there is no escape, you must read this book. I finished in less than a couple of hours. Best investment of my time and money that I have made in a long time.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Needed Help in the Beginning October 7, 2012
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I bought 2 books through Amazon. I actually read this one because it was smaller and the thought of reading about this topic was daunting enough. I must say I was so enlightened. Every turn of the page gave me a greater understanding of dementia/AD...the place I was/am living in with my dear grandmother. While the details of how the disease attacks the brain is not necessarily of great importance to me, it is to someone like an engineer such as my husband who found it very well explained. I just needed the practical put-to-use and understanding information. Excellent book. Quick read - I finished it in 2 nights, cover to cover. I haven't read a book in over 2o years. So glad I found the book.A Caregiver's Guide to Alzheimer's Disease: 300 Tips for Making Life Easier
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Has excellent information and guides you with suggestions as the disease progresses. Gives you some choices along the way to caring for your loved one.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars wanted more detail
Have relative caretaker of Alzheimer's and was trying to find literature that might help her. Did like the list of resources. Sent book to my relative.
Published 5 days ago by J. Deacon
5.0 out of 5 stars What a wonderful Gold Mine of Information about Alzheimer's Disease
What a wonderful Gold Mine of Information about Alzheimer's Disease. When the time arrives and your older family member finds themselves forgetting alot of things, your old way of... Read more
Published 14 days ago by V.J.M
5.0 out of 5 stars A helping hand.
This book is very helpful, good tips for every caregiver.
Published 28 days ago by antiqnanu
3.0 out of 5 stars Fine but there are better choices
This book is fine. Learning to speak Alzheimers and The 36 Hour Day are better. This reads more like a Drs. pamphlet. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Karlo & Lena's mom
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Should help provide useful info during this difficult time in our lives.
Published 1 month ago by Susan
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of good information
Good book for anyone with elderly parents or friends
Published 1 month ago by R Murakami
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great book. Gives good ideas to the caregiver and ...
This is a great book. Gives good ideas to the caregiver and tells them what to look for when they are close to burn out.
Published 1 month ago by Brenda S. Geist
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource
An excellent resource for those caring for victims of this tragic disease. Great information!
Published 2 months ago by dstrick
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful read
very helpful for the caregiver and loved ones.
Published 2 months ago by happy_shopper
4.0 out of 5 stars A Personal View
Very useful and well written book, for the caregiver and patient. I have Alzheimer's and have found this book to be precise and straight to the point, exactly what I was looking... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Maureen Miles
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