Packed full of more than 101 practical and useful tips and how-to's - a truly helpful idea book for the caretaker of a parent or loved one impaired by Alzheimer's or dementia. The focus of the book is how to help a loved one continue to live independently as long as possible (with a physician's approval). Contains advice on how to improve your loved one's comfort, safety, and well-being; how to safeguard and organize documents and finances; information on legal concerns; checklists. Written in a lively readable style. CONTENTS: Introduction ADVICE FOR CAREGIVERS COPING WITH EARLY TO MODERATE ALZHEIMER'S BEHAVIORS Coping with the Diagnosis of Alzheimer's / Dementia Coping with Early to Moderate Alzheimer's Behaviors How to Create a Helpful "Memory Center" for Your Loved One Maximizing Safety and Security for an Impaired Parent Living Alone To Do's When You Visit a Parent Who Still Lives Independently When to Take the Car Keys Away / How to Provide Alternate Transportation The Role of Long-Distance Caregivers Knowing When to Place Mom / Dad in a Care Facility, and How Best to Do It Tips on Visiting Your Parent in a Care Facility Sharing Information on Your Parent's Condition Educating Others OTHER PRACTICAL MATTERS (LEGAL, FINANCIAL) Managing Your Parent's Bills, Taxes, Financial Records, Etc. Handling Legal Issues Handling the Costs of Alzheimer's / Dementia Care ABOUT ALZHEIMER'S What You Can Do to Prevent Alzheimer's Key Facts about Alzheimer's Some Thoughts on Alzheimer's / Dementia APPENDIX: CHECKLISTS 1 - Key Documents Checklist 2 - Financial Information Checklist 3 - Independent Living Aids Checklist 4 - Safety/Security To Do's 5 - Home Safety Checklist 6 - When Visiting Parent: Checklist 7 - Doctor Visit Checklist 8 - List of Prescriptions / Medications 9 - List of Parent's Physicians 10 - Care Facility Checklist Jessica Hatchigan is an award-winning writer whose work has appeared in the "Detroit News" and the "Detroit Free Press," and in "The Writer" and "Writer's Digest" magazines.
Growth in the incidence of dementia presents major challenges to global healthcare systems. As the burden of dementia in non-Western cultures grows, developing nations are expected to overtake developed nations in terms of dementia prevalence. Insights from developing nations and transcultural considerations are, nevertheless, neglected in the published literature. Dementia: A Global Approach fills this gap by integrating contemporary cross-cultural knowledge about dementia. Each section reviews the literature from the published, predominantly Western, perspective, contrasting it with empirical knowledge from non-Western cultures. Covering major clinical, epidemiological and scientific areas of interest, detailed consideration is also given to care-giving models across the world and management of patients who have migrated between regions. Enriched with personal insights from clinical experts across the globe, this is a key text for neurologists, geriatricians, psychiatrists, psychologists, epidemiologists and all those responsible for managing provisions of dementia services.
At the heart of the book is a carer's story. However, it is much, much more than that. It is a book about being human, about the ups and downs of life, about loving, about trying to make sense and work out, and around the things that life throws at you how you have to find a way of living without ever forgetting your loved one. Beautifully written with love and confidence about a poignant time in the life of a family. The Struggle to retain the self of a beloved husband and father and the harsh reality of living with dementia is all too clear.
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