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The 36-Hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring for People with Alzheimer Disease, Other Dementias, and Memory Loss in Later Life, 4th Paperback – October 9, 2006


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press; 4th edition (October 9, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801885094
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801885099
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (208 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #423,446 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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Both a guide and a legend.

(Chicago Tribune)

The best guide of its kind.

(Chicago Sun-Times)

An excellent book for families who are caring for persons with dementia... A book that physicians can confidently recommend to the families of their patients.

(Journal of the American Medical Association)

Excellent guidance and clear information of a kind that the family needs... The authors offer the realistic advice that sometimes it is better to concede the patient's frailties than to try to do something about them, and that a compassionate sense of humor often helps.

(New York Times)

An excellent, practical manual for families and professionals involved in the care of persons with progressive illnesses... The book is specific and thought-provoking, and it will be helpful to anyone even remotely involved with an 'impaired' person... Highly recommended, especially for public and nursing libraries.

(Library Journal)

Continues to be the 'bible' of recommendation for any caregiver whose family member suffers from dementia.

(Bookwatch)

Recommended to all caregivers and families of persons with dementia as an indispensable source of valuable information on a very wide range of topics.

(Kathryn Oliphant Case Management Journals)

An excellent guide with general information for family caregivers of persons with dementia... The text is person focused and describes the complexity and depth of the care required not only for persons with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia but also for caregivers.

(M. Jean Keller, EdD Activities, Adaptation and Aging)

An admirably realistic guide to caring for people with Alzheimer's.

(Michael Greenberg New York Review of Books)

About the Author

Nancy L. Mace, M.A., now retired, was a consultant to and a member of the board of directors of the Alzheimer's Association and an assistant in psychiatry and coordinator of the T. Rowe and Eleanor Price Teaching Service of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Peter V. Rabins, M.D., M.P.H., is a professor of psychiatry, with joint appointments in medicine, mental health, and health policy and management, co-director of the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neuropsychiatry, and director of the T. Rowe and Eleanor Price Teaching Service of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.


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Customer Reviews

Very informative and a easy read!!!!!
annie
This book helps care givers understand the confusion Alzheimer's patients deal with from their perspective.
Dolphin Sunshine
Anyone that has a family member with Alzheimer's or dementia should read this book.
Becky Hagan

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

125 of 126 people found the following review helpful By Donna M. Blancero on July 27, 2007
Format: Paperback
For those of us who are caregivers, this book is a lifesaver. Before reading this book I was certain that many of the behaviors that my family member exhibits were unique to her. While I often read about Alzheimer's, I never read anything that made me stop and realize that, first, I am not alone, and second, that there are ways that I can handle situations better. This book is full of great suggestions on how to deal with the many behavioral issues that are exhibited by those with Alzheimer's and dementia.

Whenever I have an especially difficult day, I go online to the Alzheimer's page and remind myself how difficult it is for my family member. This book drove home that message, yet more importantly provided me with some tools on how to deal with these issues. I cannot stress enough how much I thought our situation and the behaviors were unique; it is liberating to realize that they are not. As well, understanding why the person exhibits such behaviors makes it much easier to respond correctly.

I wish I could thank the authors personally for this book. I hope they both know that their wisdom, concern and awareness of the Alzheimer patient has made a difference for me, and I am certain has made a difference for many others.

Caregivers -- buy this book, you will find some stress greatly diminished.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Arthur Jones on April 10, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is a excellent book and reference for those learning to deal with Alzheimer. Plenty of resources and ideas of what to look for when caring for someone with this disease. You can get a good idea of what to expect and how to help those suffering with this devastating disease. Easy to understand and read. Can't recommend this book enough.
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Format: Paperback
When THE 36-HOUR DAY appeared in its original edition it was unprecedented in its information for families struggling to care for people with Alzheimer Disease and other dementias: now this updated 4th edition in large print includes new details on diagnostic evaluation methods, new medications and research, and new social and legal issues involved, and will find a place not only on health and public library shelves, but in the home shelves of caregivers searching for information. From financial aid and nursing homes to alternatives to treatments and living arrangements, THE 36-HOUR DAY continues to be the 'bible' of recommendation for any caregiver whose family member suffers from dementia.

Diane C. Donovan

California Bookwatch
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By gilly8 on July 19, 2011
Format: Paperback
I first read this book while looking for something to send my aunt whose husband had developed SEVERE dementia/ Parkinson's disease (which can go together) and literally did not know any members of his family. They were keeping at home & refused to send him to a nursing home of any kind. (I can agree with that if there is enough money for help or family to help, though I think the toll it took on his extended family over 10 years was too much.) My aunt pulled in her large extended family & in the later stages had to hire help as well. She had---over time-- a hospital bed, a lifting device (he was a large man)and every other thing you can imagine needing. This went on for over 10 yrs since she had him treated for any illness to the full extent. I disagreed with this since I felt he had no good quality of life, and if kept comfortable would have been able to pass on far earlier. He had also told members of the family he did not want to be "kept living" if he became totally incapacitated. ( I never told my aunt that I disagreed w/ her point of view; but talked with some of my cousins who felt they had to do what their mom wanted.)

My aunt found this book helpful as did I. Even though I am an RN, I'd had no special training in this area, and learned a lot. It gave me a huge amount of insight for patients as well.
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Now my mother, age 91, has moderate Alzheimers. She slowly developed it over the past 6 or so years. When she began to show symptoms, I took her to a neurologist and he had her seen by a pyscho-neurologist as well. She was given a brain scan & had a series of tests with the psycho-neurologist over 4 hours (split up because she would become too tired.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Tami Greene on April 1, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book has been the single most helpful tool my family has been given to help us help my mother as she progresses with Alzheimer's Disease. While other books have touched on many of the topics in this book, no where else have we found as much practical information on how to avoid confrontations with her; ways to improve her daily living; ideas to keep her involved with us and to provide meaning to her life; questions to ask her doctors; types of resources that are available (depending on your area); what to expect as the disease progresses; and how to help each other as we take on the many different roles needed to provide care for her.

I highly recommend this book to others; in fact, I have purchased multiple copies to share with family members and donate to my local library - that's how helpful and important this book is!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Beth Bond on May 6, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is an exemplary book,thorough and well written re the information essential to dealing with a loved one with alzheimers. I couldn't put it down...not that I enjoyed what I read...but how appropriate it was to the situation at hand.
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