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Untangling Dementia: A Guide to Understanding Alzheimer's and Other Dementias Paperback – April 17, 2012


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About the Author

Tam Cummings earned a master’s of science degree in gerontology from Baylor University and completed additional postgraduate work in education psychology and aging at Baylor and in rural public health at Texas A&M University. During a career that spans almost 20 years, she has worked with thousands of families, social workers and professional caregivers to improve their understanding and skills as they look to provide the best possible care to those who are living with the disease. Learn more about Tam at www.tamcummings.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 142 pages
  • Publisher: Global Geriatrics LLC (April 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985445009
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985445003
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,896,418 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dr. M.S. Madlem on May 10, 2012
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This book presents the reader with a very honest and candid look at Alzheimer's Disease and its progression. Ms. Cummings' experience has obviously allowed her to develop a "compassionate directness" that is hard to come by. While one must understand what to expect in a loved one as he or she progresses through the stages of the disease process, Ms. Cummings also presents the reader with valuable insight into what all people involved may experience as well. And she does so with the voice of a teacher, of wisdom of a trained Gerontologist, and the heart of an experienced care-giver.
Thanks for writing this book. The language you use and the stories you tell fill a much-needed niche in the Alzheimer's literature.
Dr. Melody Madlem
Professor, Public Health Education
Central Washington University
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rick Mayo on July 29, 2012
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I have been dealing with my mother's rapidly advancing dementia for a couple of years and was given this book by the memory care facility where she now lives. I wish I had this book a couple of years ago. It provides a VERY helpful road map for the different stages of dementia. I was going along fairly blindly from one stage to the next, wondering what was happening. Once I read the book I realized she had been progressing through the stages described in the book. I now feel better prepared to cope with the next stages. While it is not easy to read about what is to come, at least I can prepare myself and better help my mother. If you have a family member or friend suffering from dementia this is a must read book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ann on September 5, 2012
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My husband suffers from Alzheimer's. I have purchased this book for our children, grandchildren, and caregivers. It is an essential read if you are dealing with this cruel disease. It is easy to read and the Points to Remember at the close of each chapter really help. The book includes information about other forms of dementia too. You may think you understand Alzheimer's and other dementias, but I am certain you will learn more about the diseases, how to cope with them, and how to specifically care for those with the diseases by reading this book.

The author will tell you that if the reading becomes too difficult - put the book down & return to it later. She understands how emotional reading such truths can be. I highly recommend this book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Blitz's Mom on July 6, 2012
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This book is fabulous! It is such a great guide for anyone struggling with dementia, whether it is in their family or if they are working in an industry where they care for people with this disease. I am a marketing director for a memory care community, and I find that so many families I encounter have such a hard time understanding dementia. They are usually stressed out and overwhelmed from caring for their family member who is suffering with this terrible disease. There is not enough time in my office to give them all the help and education that I would like to, so I have started using Tam's book as a resource. This book has been a blessing! I ordered my first box and have been giving them out to every family that comes into my office. I have had the most wonderful feedback from everyone! Thanks Tam for sharing your knowledge and experience! It is immeasurable to all of us!
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