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When Your Loved One Has Dementia: A Simple Guide for Caregivers [Paperback]

Joy A. Glenner , Jean M. Stehman , Judith Davagnino , Margaret J. Galante , Martha L. Green
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May 10, 2005 0801881145 978-0801881145 1

Eighty percent of persons with dementia live at home, and the family members caring for them are often overwhelmed by the enormous responsibility and the complexities of care. This book is designed to support the caregivers and help them understand the needs and feelings of the person for whom they are caring. A central focus is the goal of sustaining a loving family relationship between the caregiver and the patient.

Developed from a training program for professionals and family caregivers, this book teaches the basics of dementia care while emphasizing communication, understanding and acceptance, and personal growth through the caregiving experience. The result is a guide that integrates the practicalities of caregiving with the human emotions that accompany it.


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Editorial Reviews

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A succinct, original tool for caregivers of people with Alzheimer disease and other dementias. Highly recommended.

(Peter V. Rabins, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, coauthor of The 36-Hour Day)

This is a good beginning book for the person who is learning to care for someone with dementia. It is sensitive to the feelings and needs of the caregiver.

(Nancy L. Mace, coauthor of The 36-Hour Day)

About the Author

Joy A. Glenner is the president of the George G. Glenner Alzheimer's Centers. Jean M. Stehman is the director of the Glenner School of Dementia Care. Judith Davagnino is the director of operations for the Glenner Alzheimer's Family Centers. Margaret J. Galante is the director of nursing, and Martha L. Green is the nursing education supervisor.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press; 1 edition (May 10, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801881145
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801881145
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,018 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Basics for caring for Dementia patient October 1, 2007
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When caring for a loved one with dementia at home, there is little time for reading; this book was a quick read offering good insights to basic care.

Good resources were also offered.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent starting point for those with questions January 6, 2006
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Any who care for Alzheimer sufferers or those with other dementias know the challenges involved: eighty percent of people with dementia live at home, and family members often find themselves challenged by unfamiliar demands and new routines. When Your Loved One Has Dementia: A Simple Guide For Caregivers reviews all kinds of challenges, from safety in handling and caring for sufferers and communication challenges to understanding levels of impairment, daily life, and more. An excellent starting point for those with questions.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great tool for the novice or experienced caregiver April 7, 2007
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Even though this book may seem simple at first glance, it is loaded with advice that any caregiver can use. It covers the necessary basics that any caregiver must know about such as:communication, safety, and meaningful activities you can do together.
by Susan Berg author of Adorable Photographs of Our Baby: Meaningful, Mind Stimulating Activities and More for the Memory Challenged, Their Loved Ones, and Involved Professionals
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars When Your Loved One Has Dementia June 12, 2009
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This was suggested to me by a friend who is a psychiatric nurse when I asked if there was a book or two she could recommend that would give me more information about vascular dementia. It gives a lot of suggestions for things to do to assist people with Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia; but, it didn't really answer the questions I have about what happens and why.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is a very helpful book! June 14, 2008
By Jan
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I am half way through this book and can already say that it is a great resource.
If you are starting down this road with a family member or friend get this book as soon as possible. It may take a few bumps out of the road for you.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great information! March 3, 2010
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This is a great informational book for the person who is entering uncharted waters regarding the health and well-being of a family member or friend with mild cognitive impairment or mild dementia. It teaches the basics and is a great beginner book. You will need to pursue other avenues to obtain information regarding advanced impairment or dementia. This is a great door-opener but leaves questions unanswered regarding progression of dementia or Alzheimers and how to deal with issues regarding non-compliance of a patient.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So helpful! September 21, 2010
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This book was a great start for practical information--concise, clear and uncomplicated. Readable and a quick reference for a situation which may seem overwhelming.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars so helpful February 21, 2009
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this book was so helpful. i wish every family struggling with dementia could be given a copy. we need to educate the doctors about available resources.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good advice and support.
Published 7 days ago by Charlene Ralyea
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I purchased this book for a friend of 50 years. Her Mother has dementia and I thought there was nothing I could do. I was wrong. Read more
Published 1 month ago by maryann alvarez
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book to start with to help understand, learn about, and cope with...
This book came in handy for my family who was saddled with the task of assisting with my grandmother when her dementia really started to impact the quality of life and her ability... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Justin Greene
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
This is helping me learn how to take care of my Dad. I needed to learn new ways to communicate,
Published 8 months ago by Arnette Terry
5.0 out of 5 stars when your loved one has dementia
One of many books I have read on the subject and would recommend it to anyone if my situation, that is a spouse with dementia.
Published 10 months ago by sandra repass
5.0 out of 5 stars ok
oh what a book helpful but boring not much else to say hat this word maxium do you know what i mean
Published 10 months ago by rebecca s caudel
4.0 out of 5 stars What to do about my husband...some answers
Not the most extensive guide, but certainly an easy to read and understand introduction to what the future holds for me and my almost 80 year old husband.
Published 11 months ago by Paula L. Henry
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
The book is filled with much common sense information. It could have been condensed.

I wanted to be able to read this book from my Ipad, anywhere. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Ronald
3.0 out of 5 stars Thin book with not much new in it
Frankly, I did not get much out of this book, I skimmed through it, it is a very thin book. It didn't tell me much I didn't already know. Read more
Published 15 months ago by K. L. Poteet
5.0 out of 5 stars When your Loved one has Dementia
Dementia is a terrible illness. It's like a monster that overtakes a person, and changes them completely. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Judith A. Elliott
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