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Product Details

  • Series: 300 Tips for Making Life Easier
  • Paperback: 115 pages
  • Publisher: Demos Health; 1 edition (January 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932603166
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932603163
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,706 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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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.

Customer Reviews

Very practical and easy to read.
Mary L. Barber
This book, like the 36-Hour Day, gives specific suggestions for how to handle difficult situations when living with someone who has Alzheimers.
P. Silverschanz
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.
Susan Berg

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

46 of 47 people found the following review helpful By M. Jones on April 16, 2010
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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 By Susan Berg on February 19, 2008
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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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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Gina Lypaczewski on June 1, 2007
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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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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Angela Thomas on October 24, 2008
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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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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Debra A. Henderson on September 10, 2009
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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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jan Peterson on 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Christie on April 19, 2008
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly Cash on 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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