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Learning to Speak Alzheimer's: A Groundbreaking Approach for Everyone Dealing with the Disease Paperback – September 8, 2004
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"A fine addition to Alzheimer's and caregiving collections." ---Library Journal Starred Review
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She brings up excellent points: that no longer do experts try to bring the disoriented or confused person "back to reality", for example, if a patient thinks her father who died in 1950 visited her don't argue or try to "re-orient" her on this subject. It is not worth upsetting the person, has no long term value, and needlessly confuses and worries the person. The same with combative behavior, in most cases a change in subject, or distraction, rather than physical over powering or medical sedation is better,more kind and gentle, and keeping a log of what triggers such behavior can defuse it in the future.
This book does have some problems for me, as a caretaker for a parent with early dementia. The author seems to assume the caretaker has no other job, or life for that matter, and that there are others to pitch in and help with the caretaking chores, and funds to hire helpers.Read more ›
I am an only child. My mother passed away in 1998 and my father has been slowly spiraling down alzheimer's since then to the point where he requires 24-hr-care.
May other books assume a family perspective and are not sensitive to those who find themselves to be the sole caregiver.
I have also been helping my father through this since my early 20s and many other books are also not sensitive to the fact that those who are not of the boomer or "sandwich generation" may still find themselves in the role of caregiver.
This book offered actual strategies I was able to use to improve communication with my father. It also is the only book of the many Alzheimer's books I have read that made me feel better, not worse, after reading it.
My copy is so creased and dog-eared after about 4 years of use that I may need a new one soon!
I wish love and strength and energy to all those who find themselves seeking this book.
If you are seeking for someone else, please get them this book.
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My mother was diagnosed with Alzheamer's a year ago and is in the very early stages. I listened to the book on Audible first, and then ordered the hard copy as a go-to reference... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Penny's Thoughts
This book is terrific and has helped me very much as I must deal with my mother who has been diagnosed with dementia. They think it may be alzheimers but are not yet positive. Read morePublished 10 days ago by M. Roberson
It has helped me cope with a friend who h as Alzheimer's. The language is clear and simple. Good book.Published 12 days ago by Anne Marie Hubbard
Very helpful to get a grasp on what to expect and how to help make this transition to the next chapter of our lives!Published 21 days ago by Kindle Customer
I highly recommend this book to understand Alzheimer's and how to communicate! This is a must need for any family going on this journey!Published 25 days ago by Debra Desrosiers
I've barely gotten into this book and already have discovered info that helps me and my husband through this difficult journey.Published 26 days ago by J. ALEXANDER
This is an excellent book to help understand how to care for someone with dementia. I highly recommend it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by M. Heffering