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Learning to Speak Alzheimer's: A Groundbreaking Approach for Everyone Dealing with the Disease Kindle Edition
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I like lists and this book uses them to discuss what stage of illness (symptom wise) your loved one is currently in. It shows clearly what's to come - stage by stage - and gives great methodology to deal with those issues without stressing unduly the loved one. I personally like this book better than the 36 hour day. However, it could be because I have processed through a lot of things already that the 36 hour day discusses. Between these two books, you will be well on your way to being able to cope. Bless all the patients and care givers who must battle this terrible disease.
One passage that really stands out deals with how to deal with aggressive behavior. In the example, the caregiver walked up behind a patient and put a bowl of soup on the table. The patient then reacts badly, throws the bowl of soup at the caregiver, along with a magazine. The author goes on to explain that the patient's behavior was *obviously* the fault of the caregiver (a recurring theme throughout the book) and if the caregiver had just behaved differently, the patient wouldn't have acted aggressively.
Another example of really bizarre advice is about a patient who tries to open the car door while the car is going down the road. The solution? Don't take the patient anywhere in the car. Now...this begs the question...how do you get the patient to Doctor appointments, daycare, etc, if you can't drive them? Even if bus service were available everywhere, putting a person with dementia onto a bus full of people is a terrifying thought.
The book did have some good things--it laid out a timeline of Alzheimer's progression, and it discussed the different types of long term care in a better, clearer way than I have seen before.
I learned about this book from the facilitator of the support group I attend led by Bill Hopkins. He lent me a copy of the book and I quickly ordered 2 of my own. (One copy is for the folks, I was hoping her husband might read some of it? I also hired a caregiver and asked her to read it!) I kept the second copy here. In addition, I purchased an audio recording of the book so I can listen to it. The only problem with this copy is its hard to jump around and listen to what you need at that minute. Caring for someone with Alzheimers is not easy, but this book does help me! Thanks for asking,
"Learning to Speak Alzheimer's" is much more useful in providing suggestions on how to address various stages of Alzheimer's.