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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Sunrise River Press; 1 edition (May 11, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934716030
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934716038
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #481,531 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Living Your Best with Early-Stage Alzheimer's is a valuable and highly recommended resource which shouldn't be missed." -Midwest Book Review, June 2010 (Midwest Book Review 2010-06-01)

"...It's equally important to increase their quality of life, and Living Your Best with Early-Stage Alzheimer's is a valuable contribution to this effort." -The Tangled Neuron, November 2010 (Tangled Neuron website 2010-11-01)

"All in all, Living Your Best With Early-Stage Alzheimer's is a well-crafted book. It appears to have utility both as a source book for individuals with AD and as a catalyst for early-stage AD support group discussion." -Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, reviewed by Kathleen A. Smyth, December 2010 (Journal of Alzheimer's Disease 2010-12-01)

"This is an excellent resource written spefically for individuals experiencing the early stages of Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia." -Insight Bulletin (Alzheimer Society of British Columbia), November/December 2010 (Insight Bulletin (Alzheimer Society of British Columbia) 2010-11-01)

From the Back Cover

• Strategies for managing memory loss • Practical suggestions for moving forward with life • Valuable resources to help you and your loved ones • Important messages from people with Alzheimer’s Recent medical advances have made it possible to diagnose Alzheimer’s at an early stage when a person may have many years ahead with only mild symptoms. The result is that a growing number of people with early-stage Alzheimer’s are seeking information about how to take charge of their diagnosis, manage symptoms, and cope effectively with the condition. Living Your Best with Early-Stage Alzheimer’s: An Essential Guide offers the person who is living with Alzheimer’s a practical guide on coping with the diagnosis, effectively managing symptoms, finding meaningful activity, planning for the future, maintaining hope and humor, participating in research, and much more.

More About the Author

Lisa Snyder is a native Californian. Since 1987, she has been a clinical social worker and Director of the Quality of Life Programs at the University of California San Diego's Shiley-Marcos Alzheimer's Disease Research Center where she is internationally recognized for her work in issues of early-stage Alzheimer's. She is editor of the international quarterly, "Perspectives - A Newsletter for Individuals with Alzheimer's or a Related Disorder" which provides a forum for people with Alzheimer's around the world to share their experiences and messages with one another. She is also author of the books "Speaking Our Minds - What it's Like to Have Alzheimer's" (revised in 2009) and "Living Your Best with Early-Stage Alzheimer's - An Essential Guide" (2010). Lisa continues to learn daily from the stories and experiences of the families she works with at the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center and consults both nationally and internationally on early-stage Alzheimer's issues. She resides in San Diego with her husband Jeff Irwin, an artist and ceramics professor who cared of his own mother with Alzheimer's. Lisa and Jeff both maintain an avid love of travel, the outdoors, and the arts.

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We are so grateful to Lisa Snyder for this book.
Susan Formby, Alzheimer's Association
This is a great book for those living with Early-Stage Alzheimer's - as well as for caregivers, friends & family.
Holly
The insight and guidance it provides in dealing with the challenges of AD are invaluable.
The Wongs

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Laurelton on June 22, 2010
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Lisa Snyder's most recent book ... Living Your Best with Early-Stage Alzheimer's ... lives up to its billing as an essential guide for those dealing with Alzheimer's Disease. As the spouse of someone who just turned 64 and has been dealing with worsening AD symptoms for several years, I found this book to be a dead-on superb resource for those dealing with EOAD and early stage AD and have recommended it to members of my early stage spouse support group (several of whom have already read it and reacted exactly as I did) and to my "online support group" as well. In fact, before I even read the book, just by scanning the Table of Contents I knew I was going to find it both helpful and informative. Although my wife and I have already dealt with most of the issues raised in this book, it's almost as if the author were 'listening in' to some of our recent conversations ... suggestions to my wife for getting her more involved in activities, suggestions for helping her remember things, on-going discussions regarding my need for greater public advocacy balanced against her discomfort about telling others about her AD, etc. The author has definitely listened very closely to those she works with on a daily basis and hits all the difficult discussions that must be held and decisions that must be made. As I read this book, I was constantly thinking about how Lisa Snyder addressed so clearly and effectively many of the issues that all of the 'newbies' in my support group are now dealing with.

As with Lisa Snyder's first book ... Speaking Our Minds -- What It's Like to Have Alzheimer's ... the author has a genuine dialogue with the reader.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lois Hamon on November 23, 2010
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My husband,who has Alzheimer's,reads this book faithfully and even quotes information he has read. I as his caretaker,find it very useful in giving me a better understanding on what to expect and how to handle the changes. Excellent book!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Wilkins-Diehr on July 23, 2010
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My first interaction with Alzheimer's was when, 10 minutes before being discharged from the hospital, a neurologist walks into my father's hospital room and tells us that Dad has dementia and that 30% of his brain had atrophied. With all the children thousands of miles away, we immediately went into a sort of disaster response mode planning what had to happen next. Lisa's book was a tremendous calming influence, showing how life would still go on and could still be rewarding. I read the book nearly cover to cover, it was like a lifeline. I really like the focus on the positive - focusing on the abilities and not the disabilities and always treating people like people. Lisa has a wonderful viewpoint that is often not evident in the medical profession.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on June 10, 2010
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Alzheimer's isn't a death sentence. "Living Your best with Early-Stage Alzheimers" is a guide to fighting Alzheimers and living to one's fullest and putting off the more serious effects of the ailment for as long as one can. Recent research have proven it possible to live for years with the early stages, with sufferers living to their fullest extent for many years. Lisa Snyder will inspire hope to those recently diagnosed and crushed by their supposed future. "Living Your Best with Early-Stage Alzheimers" is a valuable and highly recommended resource which shouldn't be missed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Susan Formby, Alzheimer's Association on November 18, 2011
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As a Care Consultant with the Alzheimer's Association, I talk with many families. I recently had a call from the wife of a man with Early Stage Alzheimer's. She said that when she returned from her support group the night before, her husband asked "if there is something for me." After talking with her about her husband, I told her about Lisa Snyder's book . When I called to follow up with her later, she answered saying, "Oh, you're the person who told us about that wonderful book!" She said her husband had been reading it "non-stop." Her husband then came to the phone and told me how much the book has meant to him. He said that "it's the first positive thing I've received." We are so grateful to Lisa Snyder for this book. Most books about Alzheimer's are written for people other than the person with the disease. We are so pleased to see this special book written for persons with Early Stage Alzheimer's; they need and deserve the hope and support Lisa offers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CarolMSN on May 8, 2012
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As a nurse who has specialized for 30+ years in care of older adults who have dementia, I can highly recommend this for families, professionals, and most importantly for people who are aware of experiencing cognitive changes associated with dementia. I've heard doctors and other professionals say that "if the person knows they have dementia, they do not have it" and I have been very frustrated by this MYTH and major misunderstanding. Many people have awareness and insight about their own dementia and Lisa Snyder's book is a wonderful resource for them. It also is a "must have" for all professionals who want to gain insight and understanding about feelings of people with dementia. We've needed this book for a long time and many many people can benefit from reading it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JHelene on September 6, 2011
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I am an 80 year old who is concerned about having problems with my memory in my every day life. Even though I have not been diagnosed with Alzheimer's, I find this book to be very helpful and encouraging at this time. If I did develop Alzheimer's in the future, this book would continue to be a great guide and I highly recommend it for anyone with memory loss and their family and friends.
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