Is it really Alzheimer’s? How to find out and intervene early to maintain the highest quality of life
“Most of us will either get Alzheimer’s or care for a loved one who has. This action plan can empower you to make a difference.”---Mehmet C. Oz, M.D.
What would you do if your mother was having memory problems?
Alzheimer’s is a disease affecting more than five million Americans, with a new diagnosis being made every seventy-two seconds. Millions more are worried or at risk due to mild memory loss or family history. Although experts agree that early diagnosis and treatment are essential, many people with memory loss and their families---and even their doctors---don’t know where to turn for authoritative, state-of-the-art advice and answers to all of their questions.
Now, combining the insights of a world-class physician and an award-winning social worker, this groundbreaking book tells you everything you need to know, including:
· The best tests to determine if this is---or is not---Alzheimer’s disease
· The most (and least) effective medical treatments
· Coping with behavioral and emotional changes through the early and middle stages
· Gaining access to the latest clinical trials
· Understanding the future of Alzheimer’s
Clear, compassionate, and empowering, The Alzheimer’s Action Plan is the first book that anyone dealing with mild memory loss or early Alzheimer’s must-read in order to preserve the highest possible quality of life for as long as possible.
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....read more
The third edition of this critically acclaimed guide leads you through the realities of caring for a loved one struggling with Alzheimer's. The author, a nationally recognized authority, details the latest developments in treatment and care options and offers helpful, hopeful advice for getting through difficult challenges. Now fully revised and updated, this edition includes new chapters designed to help caregivers cope with stress and depression and offers information on the latest breakthrough research developments and treatments. Alzheimer's speaks directly to your vital concerns, including:
* the symptoms and traits of Alzheimer's, what to expect at each progressive stage, and how to respond to behavior problems
* the full range of treatments and support services available, including tips on how to locate and finance them
* ways to understand your feelings and the impact of grief
* new information on managing caregiver stress and chronic depression in sufferers
* the latest therapies and medical research
With its sensitive and in-depth examination, Alzheimer's shows how to make the care you give more rewarding and effective and how to make the life of anyone caught in the grip of Alzheimer's more loving and comfortable.
Valuable information for families, friends, and caregivers. . . a concisely written, essential resource.-Booklist ....read more