Alzheimer’s For Dummies

May 6, 2012 by  
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An estimated 4 million people are living with Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) in America today, with approximately 370,000 new cases diagnosed every year. AD patients live anywhere from 5 to 20 years after their diagnosis; and their inability to care for themselves grows more dramatic as the disease progresses, creating profound implications for their families and healthcare providers. Its impact on families during the caregiving years is overwhelming.

If you have a family member or close friend who’s suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease and you’re looking for current, useful information, then Alzheimer’s For Dummies is for you. This reference guide also is helpful if you

  • Need to know more about its diagnosis and treatment
  • Want to take care of yourself while taking care of your loved one
  • Are not the primary caregiver but want to know how to help
  • Want to know how Alzheimer’s Disease is going to affect you and your loved one

Alzheimer’s For Dummies takes a realistic look at Alzheimer’s Disease, what it is and what it isn’t. It offers pertinent, easy-to-understand advice for dealing with the myriad concerns and responsibilities that a primary caregiver must assume when managing an Alzheimer’s patient. Here’s a sampling of the information you’ll find in this valuable guide:

  • Maneuvering through medical, legal, and financial tangles
  • Distinguishing AD from other brain diseases and medical conditions
  • Handling the fears that may accompany the diagnosis
  • Evaluating current drug therapies; watching out for scams and quack treatments
  • Finding the best doctors; dealing with attorneys and CPAs
  • Looking at Medicare regulations
  • Evaluating the cost of care
  • The current state of research, diagnosis, and treatment

Television personality Leeza Gibbons, whose mother was stricken with AD, writes in the foreword of this book, “There is no upside to keeping your head in the sand. This book is a crucial step in your new fight. Arm yourself with the knowledge waiting for you in these pages. It will help you find answers and resources as you adjust to your new reality.” ....read more

Creating Moments of Joy for the Person with

May 5, 2012 by  
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This book offers many ways to create moments of joy. No matter what the environment or situation is, this book will be a positive tool on a daily basis. This book breaks down the learning process into five sections. Within those five sections are smaller steps. At the end of each step is a place to journal thoughts, ideas, solutions and treasures. With this journal, many moments of joy will be created. ....read more

Ice Cream in the Cupboard A True Story

May 4, 2012 by  
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It started with strange behavior, a hostile outburst here, a peculiar lapse of memory there. Then it became violent. The beautiful, vivacious Carmen Moffett was behaving in ways her husband Pat could not understand. Their marriage had been a long love affair. Together, they raised five beautiful children, and were looking forward to planning their retirement together. Then came the outbursts, both verbal and physical, and the forgetting. Confused and increasingly nervous, Pat consulted doctors, but no one could find anything physically wrong with Carmen. Worse yet, she could not remember doing the things that rattled Pat. Finally, several years later, incidents at Carmen's workplace forced her to another doctor, who diagnosed the devastating illness. As she slipped away, Carmen reached out for Pat. He was the one she could remember, even if she did not always know exactly who he was. With remarkable grace and an incredibly strong will, Carmen accepted that she was fading.
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A Caregiver’s Guide to Alzheimer’s Disease 300 Tips

May 3, 2012 by  
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An estimated 5 million Americans have Alzheimer's disease. That number continues to grow - by 2050 the number of An estimated 5 million Americans have Alzheimer's disease. That number continues to grow - by 2050 the number of individuals with Alzheimer's could range from 11.3 million to 16 million. Alzheimer's disease is not a normal part of aging. It is a devastating disorder of the brain's nerve cells that impairs memory, thinking, and behavior. Written for patients, their families, and caregivers, A Caregiver's Guide to Alzheimer's Disease: 300 Tips for Making Life Easier will help readers understand what is physically happening to the brain so they can empower their own special skills and talents throughout the disease process. The book is divided into three sections that correspond to the progression of Alzheimer's and the unique challenges encountered at each stage. Section A: The major part of the book divides the progression of the disease into Stages: the Pre-Clinical Stage; Early-To-Mild Stage, which marks the onset of the disease; Moderate Stage; and the Severe Stage. Hundreds of practical tips geared to coping and compensating at each level of the disease provide support for the affected individual and the caregiver. Section B: A bonus section of questions and answers addresses specific issues caregivers face and give them points to reflect on as they continue the process. Key topics covered include: Legal and financial issues Family Forums in the caregiving process The role of medication at various stages of the disease Helping children understand what is happening to a loved one Handling the holidays and celebrations Making the living environment more stimulating and enjoyable Section C: Lists resources and suggests websites to find additional information about the disease itself as well as related valuable networks. With an abundance of pointers and guidelines for affected individuals, their families, friends and caregivers, A Caregiver's Guide to Alzheimer's Disease: 300 Tips for Making Life Easier is essential for all readers who want to focus on the capabilities that remain instead of those that have been lost. ....read more

The 36Hour Day fourth edition The 36Hour Day

May 3, 2012 by  
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Revised in 2006 for its twenty-fifth anniversary, this best-selling book is the bible for families caring for people with Alzheimer disease, offering comfort and support to millions worldwide. In addition to the practical and compassionate guidance that have made The 36-Hour Day invaluable to caregivers, the fourth edition is the only edition currently available that includes new information on medical research and the delivery of care.

The new edition includes:

- new information on diagnostic evaluation
- resources for families and adult children who care for people with dementia
- updated legal and financial information
- the latest information on nursing homes and other communal living arrangements
- new information on research, medications, and the biological causes and effects of dementia

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Learning to Speak Alzheimer’s A Groundbreaking Approach for

May 2, 2012 by  
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More than four million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s, and as many as twenty million have close relatives or friends with the disease. Revolutionizing the way we perceive and live with Alzheimer’s, Joanne Koenig Coste offers a practical approach to the emotional well-being of both patients and caregivers that emphasizes relating to patients in their own reality. Her accessible and comprehensive method, which she calls habilitation, works to enhance communication between carepartners and patients and has proven successful with thousands of people living with dementia. Learning to Speak Alzheimer’s also offers hundreds of practical tips, including how to · cope with the diagnosis and adjust to the disease’s progression · help the patient talk about the illness · face the issue of driving · make meals and bath times as pleasant as possible · adjust room design for the patient’s comfort · deal with wandering, paranoia, and aggression
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The Alzheimer’s Prevention Program Keep Your Brain Healthy

May 1, 2012 by  
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Written by Gary Small, M.D., and his wife, Gigi Vorgan, authors of The New York Times bestseller, The Memory Bible, The Alzheimer’s Prevention Program is a whole body, whole mind, easy-to-follow regimen based on the latest research on Alzheimer’s disease, and especially the connection between lifestyle and susceptibility.

The only “cure” for Alzheimer’s is prevention, and The Alzheimer’s Prevention Program shows the reader how to take control. The program begins with an assessment test, checking everything from recall to physical balance. Then, with a baseline established, it introduces the 7-Day jumpstart program—just seven days to begin to improve everything: memory training 101, including the author’s easy-to-use “Look, Snap, Connect” memory technique. Daily mental workouts to sharpen your brain: wordplay, letter scrambles, 3-D drawings, tricky equations, logic challenges, and number sequences. Healthy brain nutrition, filled with antioxidants— berries, avocados, raw vegetables; omega-3 rich, anti-inflammatory food choices, including fish, whole grains, legumes; and the memory-boosting spices most often found in Indian curries. Stress-reduction strategies to fortify neurons. Best aerobic and strength exercises.

An American is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s every 70 seconds. Here, right now, is an easy-to-follow, science-based breakthrough program that will add years of brain health and mental clarity to a person's life. ....read more

The Nurse Explains Dementia Alzheimer’s Disease and Vascular

April 30, 2012 by  
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This book is suitable for people with dementia, their relatives and for healthcare professionals alike.


(Author) John David Baker RN MIfL Dip.RSA PGCE BSc DipHE Cert Man Care Cert Dementia Care LCGI



This book explains Dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and Vascular Dementia.


This book is a bestseller. It previously reached the top spots for dementia books and psychiatric nursing books on the bestselling list on Amazon (during 2011).




Relatives that have read this book have said:

“I cried when I read this book. I never understood what had actually happened to my dad when he got dementia, until now”

“Now I understand what is happening to my mum and what to expect in the future”

“A book that I wish that I had read a long time ago, it is so helpful”

“I can see my granddad in this book. The things that this book talks about happened to him”

“Simple and clear English…..anybody can follow it…even me!”




Nurses and care staff that have read this book have said:

“I work in a hospital. We get many people in with dementia. Having read the book, I now understand this subject a lot better. I think I will be able to care for them a lot better”

“Very enjoyable”

“An excellent book for all nurses and carers working in hospitals and the community”




The book covers:

1. Overview of Dementia
2. What is dementia?
3. The Four Common Components of Dementia
4. Types of Dementia
5. Alzheimer’s Disease
6. Vascular Dementia
7. The Stages of Dementia
8. Medication for people with dementia
9. Abuse within Care Homes and the NHS
10. The Social and historical context of dementia



The author of this book is a practicing Nurse Specialist in Dementia Care, Care of the Older Person and Nursing Home Practice. He is also a relative of a person that had Vascular Dementia before she died.

He has spent decades working with people with dementia. He understands the theories and the realities of dementia extremely well. The author lives and breathes the world of dementia; he does not live in an ivory tower of academia or practice without understanding the theories of the academic world.

The author presents his knowledge in a clear and understandable way for all to read and enjoy.


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Other books by John David Baker
RN MIfL Dip.RSA PGCE BSc DipHE Cert Man Care Cert Dementia Care LCGI



The Nurse Explains: How to Choose a Care Home


*****(To find this book click on the author’s name at the top of this page or type “John David Baker” into the Amazon search box)*****


Published 2011, print page equivalent 32 pages (6,800 words).


Finding the best care home to live in can be one of the biggest decisions of your life. It can also be an extremely difficult one. Often people do not know where to start or what questions they need to ask.

Just how do you tell a good care home from a bad one?

This guide will answer this question, and much more, in just 32 precise pages.

This book is written by a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Care Home Practice. He understands all too well that when selecting a care home time is often of the essence, hence this invaluable quick reference guide. The book covers:


1. Things That People Need To Know Before Visiting A Care Home

2. Types and Categories of Care Homes

3. How to find a care home

4. How to Make Contact with the Care Home

5. Tips for visiting Care Homes

6. A checklist of questions to ask when visiting a care home, and things to lookout for and to reflect upon later

7. Useful Organisations


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The 36Hour Day 5th edition A Family Guide

April 28, 2012 by  
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Originally published in 1981, The 36-Hour Day was the first book of its kind. Thirty years later, with dozens of other books on the market, it remains the definitive guide for people caring for someone with dementia. Now in a new and updated edition, this best-selling book features thoroughly revised chapters on the causes of dementia, managing the early stages of dementia, the prevention of dementia, and finding appropriate living arrangements for the person who has dementia when home care is no longer an option.

Praise for The 36-Hour Day

Both a guide and a legend. -- Chicago Tribune

The best guide of its kind. -- Chicago Sun-Times

An excellent book for families who are caring for persons with dementia... A book that physicians can confidently recommend to the families of their patients. -- Journal of the American Medical Association

Excellent guidance and clear information of a kind that the family needs... The authors offer the realistic advice that sometimes it is better to concede the patient's frailties than to try to do something about them, and that a compassionate sense of humor often helps. -- New York Times

An admirably realistic guide to caring for people with Alzheimer's. -- New York Review of Books

An excellent, practical manual for families and professionals involved in the care of persons with progressive illnesses... The book is specific and thought-provoking, and it will be helpful to anyone even remotely involved with an 'impaired' person... Highly recommended, especially for public and nursing libraries. -- Library Journal

Continues to be the 'bible' of recommendation for any caregiver whose family member suffers from dementia. -- Bookwatch

Recommended to all caregivers and families of persons with dementia as an indispensable source of valuable information on a very wide range of topics. -- Case Management Journals

An excellent guide with general information for family caregivers of persons with dementia... The text is person focused and describes the complexity and depth of the care required not only for persons with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia but also for caregivers. -- Activities, Adaptation and Aging

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Learning to Speak Alzheimer’s A Groundbreaking Approach for

April 27, 2012 by  
Filed under Alzheimers

More than four million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s, and as many as twenty million have close relatives or friends with the disease. Revolutionizing the way we perceive and live with Alzheimer’s, Joanne Koenig Coste offers a practical approach to the emotional well-being of both patients and caregivers that emphasizes relating to patients in their own reality. Her accessible and comprehensive method, which she calls habilitation, works to enhance communication between carepartners and patients and has proven successful with thousands of people living with dementia. Learning to Speak Alzheimer’s also offers hundreds of practical tips, including how to · cope with the diagnosis and adjust to the disease’s progression · help the patient talk about the illness · face the issue of driving · make meals and bath times as pleasant as possible · adjust room design for the patient’s comfort · deal with wandering, paranoia, and aggression
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