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The Loss of Self: A Family Resource for the Care of Alzheimers Disease and Related Disorders Hardcover – February 1, 1986

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 381 pages
  • Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc; 1st edition (February 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393022633
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393022636
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,169,360 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Despite greater public awareness and continued research, no cure for Alzeheimer's Disease has yet been found. However, Eisdorfer, president/chief executive officer of Montefiore Medical Center and professor of psychiatry and neurosciences at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and Cohen, a gerontologist also affiliated with Montefiore and Einstein College, believe that these accounts of how families have coped with the debilitating disease may help other afflicted families to better manage the lives of the patient and themselves. The authors advise readers on developing and implementing a comprehensive, affordable life care plan to handle both practical and emotional matters. They discuss the sensitive relationships between doctor, family and patient, and the need to consider the interests of individual family members. The selection of a nursing home and chapters on dying and the cost of care complete this compassionate and sensible guidebook.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

The authors offer timely and necessary advice for the families of the more than two million Americans facing various dementias. The book reflects state of the art information as well as the authors' extensive experience in assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation for dementia patients and their families. Included is practical information on "what to do after the diagnosis, where to go for help, . . . how to care for the patient at home, when to institutionalize the patient." Drug information provided in the text and an appendix is particularly useful. The authors' insights and their personalized narrative make the book very readable. Although some information is duplicated elsewhere, this is the most succinctly informative and inclusive book on the topic to date. For public libraries and subject collections. Nancy B. Burrell, M.L.S., IBID Inc., Sarasota, Fla.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 21, 1998
Format: Paperback
This is a book caregivers can hand to relatives and friends to read in order to enrich their understanding of how the disease affects both the victim and their caregiver. It is not only informative in a very practical and easy to read manner but it is sensitive and to the point about the stages of Alzheimer's Disease and the human needs of the people who face this illness. The personal stories highlighted are described in ways that aren't merely words on paper written by someone safely detached from the impact this illness has on living people. This book stands out in my mind for that reason. It also speaks to the loss of relationships as the illness progresses. I refer to over and over and its one of the first I read after I realized my husband Tom and I were facing Alzheimer's Disease.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By P. Wayne Hill on April 23, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I was deeply involved in the creation of this edition, and I can say from experience that the authors have crafted a masterpiece. So much work, diligence, research, and love went into this revision. It is a great resource for family members of someone with Alzheimer's and related disorders, physician's and other practitioners, and even people who have been recently diagnosed. It can be used to educate someone who knows little about dementia or offer a new perspective to the experienced clinician. I highly recommend this book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By VegasValley on June 16, 2013
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This book was recommended to me by an acquaintance who helped care for her husband's mom as her dementia progressed. I cried as I read some of the chapters; but they were not just poignant vignettes. They provided crystal-clear insight into what my mom is experiencing. I could relate to the effects on the family. I learned some invaluable techniques to help on a daily basis. I realized that some of the patient's anger is just fear coming out in a "fight or flight" response where flight is not an option.

I would strongly recommend this book to anyone who has a relative or spouse or close friend who is suffering from dementia or Alzheimers.
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