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Learning to Speak Alzheimer's: A Groundbreaking Approach for Everyone Dealing with the Disease Paperback – September 8, 2004
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She brings up excellent points: that no longer do experts try to bring the disoriented or confused person "back to reality", for example, if a patient thinks her father who died in 1950 visited her don't argue or try to "re-orient" her on this subject. It is not worth upsetting the person, has no long term value, and needlessly confuses and worries the person. The same with combative behavior, in most cases a change in subject, or distraction, rather than physical over powering or medical sedation is better,more kind and gentle, and keeping a log of what triggers such behavior can defuse it in the future.
This book does have some problems for me, as a caretaker for a parent with early dementia. The author seems to assume the caretaker has no other job, or life for that matter, and that there are others to pitch in and help with the caretaking chores, and funds to hire helpers.Read more ›
I am an only child. My mother passed away in 1998 and my father has been slowly spiraling down alzheimer's since then to the point where he requires 24-hr-care.
May other books assume a family perspective and are not sensitive to those who find themselves to be the sole caregiver.
I have also been helping my father through this since my early 20s and many other books are also not sensitive to the fact that those who are not of the boomer or "sandwich generation" may still find themselves in the role of caregiver.
This book offered actual strategies I was able to use to improve communication with my father. It also is the only book of the many Alzheimer's books I have read that made me feel better, not worse, after reading it.
My copy is so creased and dog-eared after about 4 years of use that I may need a new one soon!
I wish love and strength and energy to all those who find themselves seeking this book.
If you are seeking for someone else, please get them this book.
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very clear and informative. would definitely recommend this book. very fast ship. Highly recommend this seller!!Published 4 days ago by suzyre
My husband has had Alzheimer's for more than 6 years. I've read a lot of books on Alzheimer's, but his book has helped me the mostPublished 11 days ago by Toni
This information is critical for any caregiver or family member caring for anyone with Alzheimer's or dementia.Published 12 days ago by M. E. Byrne
Great book for those who work with or care for those with Alzheimer's or DementiaPublished 18 days ago by Kim
what a great book! a must read for anyone dealing with this exceptionally delicate issue!Published 2 months ago by whitefam1