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The 36-Hour Day, fifth edition: The 36-Hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring for People Who Have Alzheimer Disease, Related Dementias, and Memory Loss (A Johns Hopkins Press Health Book) Paperback – September 30, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1421402802 ISBN-10: 1421402807 Edition: fifth edition

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Product Details

  • Series: A Johns Hopkins Press Health Book
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press; fifth edition edition (September 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1421402807
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421402802
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (332 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,365 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 admirably realistic guide to caring for people with Alzheimer's." (New York Review of Books)"

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

(Michael Greenberg New York Review of Books)

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.

(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.

(Activities, Adaptation and Aging)

More About the Author

Nancy L. Mace, M.A., is currently teaching dementia care internationally. She has been a consultant to the Office of Technology Assessment, U.S. Congress, and to the Alzheimer's Association, and she was an assistant in psychiatry and coordinator of the T. Rowe and Eleanor Price Teaching Service at the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

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It will help you to better: 1. understand what your loved one is going through.
AdamSmythe
I highly recommend this book, especially if you have no support from other family members in a loved ones journey into dementia.
K. J. Tomlinson
This book was very helpful...I learned a lot of things I did not know about dementia and would tell others to read this book.
dennis novak

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

122 of 123 people found the following review helpful By AdamSmythe on October 31, 2011
Format: Hardcover
When my father developed dementia some years ago, I didn't know what to do at first. This book proved to be a big help for my family and me, and now I'd like to be of some small help to you.

Dementia doesn't strike out of the blue. It builds up over a period of years, and in the beginning there is an understandable tendency to consider a loved one's unusual behavior to be just another sign of aging. However, when Alzheimer's or other dementias are at play, sooner or later you may well find yourself in need of some help when trying to deal with your loved one's needs. Indeed, until you understand more about Alzheimer's you may not fully appreciate the struggles your loved one is dealing with. It is a very scary thing to gradually lose some of your important mental capabilities, and there is a resulting tendency among those with dementia to either act out or to withdraw from normal family communications.

Here's your chance. If you even suspect Alzheimer's or another dementia (they are not necessarily the same), I strongly recommend that you get this book and read it. It will help you to better:

1. understand what your loved one is going through.
2. deal with the behavioral issues associated with Alzheimer's.
3. find medical help.
4. find additional Alzheimer's and dementia information from a number of helpful organizations.
5. discover support groups.
6. save a lot of time (when you are a caregiver for someone with dementia, time is usually in very short supply--hence, the title of the book).
7. evaluate financial possibilities.
8. understand that you are most definitely not alone in your dealing with dementia's effects.

This book is written by experienced authorities in the field, and it is easy enough to read for those without medical backgrounds. It is the likely all-time best-seller in its field for a reason.
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52 of 52 people found the following review helpful By N. Farrior on January 20, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I wish I had bought this book as soon as my mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. My father has received very little information from my mother's doctors on what to expect as her disease progresses and more importantly, how to deal with these issues. When I received the book, I looked up her latest problem in the index, dizziness, and turned right to an informative section that helped clarify what's going on with my mom. The bathing sections are helpful for understanding and thus coping with those issues. I appreciate the depth of topics and detail for symptoms that Alzheimer's patients can have; I am also grateful for the huge emphasis on respite care for the caregiver. This gives my siblings and me another avenue of discussion in getting help for my dad, who like many spouses has his own health issues.

My only problem with the current hardback edition is the text size - it's a small font and closely spaced. I would hope that future revisions would enlarge the print a bit, especially since this book is generally going to be read by adults who appreciate a little larger print.

Overall I highly recommend it - I've been flipping between this book and the Mayo Clinic book on Alzheimer's, and while they both have excellent information, I feel that this book is the better one for detailed information on the myriad little things that crop up with care of a loved one with Alzheimer's disease.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Upstate Girl on December 3, 2011
Format: Paperback
As a caregiver of an elderly Alzheimers patient, this book was a life saver. I had so many questions that doctors and neurologists just didn't explain. If you suspect that you will be a caregiver, this book is an essential for your library.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Alison23 on November 3, 2011
Format: Paperback
I really have to strongly recommend this book - it came highly recommened to me and this new edition is exactly what my family was looking for. Our Mom was diagnosed with alzheimer's and we have searched everywhere for information, and I own several books to help me understand this challenging disease. This is the go-to guide for caregiving, it is clear and gives a realistic perspective on what we can expect. Between the support groups at our memory clinic, and another book that also was just released on alzheimers treatment and prevention by Dr. Isaacson, I feel that I am now well-equipped with information and feel better about what lies ahead of us. Kudos to Dr. Mace and Dr. Rabens.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Joyce Smith on March 23, 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
My dad had Alzheimer's Disease, and was getting much. He was in a different state, and my mom had taken care of him until she could not any longer. The stories I heard about my dad, and they were off the chart, I decided to get some information about this disease. Most people say this is about the best book out there to read on Alzheimer Disease. I had to leave sooner than expected, because he had a turn for the worse,so I looked through the book as much as possible to be a little prepared when I did see him. I did not make it in time...my father died the morning I was leaving. I had just received the book in time to read, but had to leave earlier than I thought, so really couldn't read it as close as I wanted to. I took care of him for a year in my home before he got very bad. I do think anyone with family or friends with this disease should be sure and read this book. It has a lot of things that you can really do wrong around a person with the disease, and things you can do that really help you understand "why" they are doing the things that they do. My father did things that if he knew he did....it would have made him sick. My father was one of the kindest persons I have every known. But, with this disease....behavior will change. Take time and order this book to help understand what they are going through, and what you yourself can do to take of of "You"! Great book.
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