Monday, November 29, 2010

Caring for a Loved One with Alzheimer's Disease:

A Guide for the Home Caregiver NEW from Dr. Peter V. Rabins, acclaimed
author and geriatric psychiatrist at Johns Hopkins
-- and one of the nation's leading experts on the
care and management of patients with Alzheimer's
disease and other forms of dementia.
Do you know where most of the millions of people
who have Alzheimer's disease live? At home --
where family and friends provide almost 75%
of their care.
That's why caregiving has been called the fastest
growing unpaid profession in the United States.
According to the National Alliance for Caregiving,
during the past year more than 67 million Americans
provided care to a family member, friend, or loved one,
many of whom are suffering from different stages of
Alzheimer's disease or some other type of dementia.
If you're a caregiver, you know first-hand what it's like:
Getting swept up in a flurry of tasks -- bathing, shopping,
cooking, feeding, making arrangements for medical care,
managing behavioral problems, making decisions for the ill
person that you have never had to consider before -- while
simultaneously trying to cope with your own anxieties and
Or perhaps you're facing a situation where you're likely to
become a caregiver -- and you're wondering how you can
make the many difficult decisions that anyone who steps
into this demanding role has to confront.
It's an extremely hard job -- and often it feels like you're
in it alone. But you're not.
At Johns Hopkins we understand the emotional and physical
challenges that come with dementia because we work with
patients and caregivers JUST LIKE YOU every day.
With YOU in mind, we asked two world-renowned Alzheimer's
specialists -- Dr. Peter Rabins and Dr. Ann Morrison -- to write
this practical, no-nonsense guide, Caring for a Loved One with
Alzheimer's Disease: A Guide for the Home Caregiver. This
comprehensive special report provides detailed, authoritative
advice on how to successfully manage your day-to-day
responsibilities -- to your patient and to yourself.
This information is so crucial that Caring for a Loved One
with Alzheimer's Disease is available instantly as a digital PDF
download. Just click the order button below and in a few
moments your guide will be delivered to your email address.
It's that simple!
Advice That's Practical, Compassionate... and Authoritative
Reading Caring for a Loved One with Alzheimer's Disease is
like sitting down with a wise and trusted friend and talking
about the many issues you face: how to organize your home
so it's safe... proper methods for managing your patient's
personal care, like bathing... strategies to handle aggression
and other behavioral problems.
You will also find guidance on some of the larger decisions
you may face as a caregiver -- from confronting the need to
curtail a loved one's driving to the many considerations that
surface in deciding whether to move someone to a nursing
home or other residential care facility.
You'll quickly discover that what sets Caring for a Loved One
with Alzheimer's Disease apart from other books is its warmth
and deeply personal tone.
This 134-page report provides in-depth discussions on every
essential topic where you can benefit from expert advice,
•When It's Time to Take Away the Car Keys
•Modifying the Home for People With Dementia
•Personal Care for the Dementia Patient
•Dealing with Alzheimer's Troubling Behavior Problems
•Caregiving From Afar
•When Caring Takes Its Toll on the Dementia Caregiver
•Deciding to Move a Loved One into Residential Care
Aggression, Agitation, Shouting, Hallucinations...
How to Handle Aberrant Behaviors
Many people think of Alzheimer's as strictly a memory-stealing
ailment. But as a caregiver, you know that it may also unleash
difficult-to manage behaviors. In our guide, Dr. Rabins addresses
frequently asked questions on troubling Alzheimer's behaviors.
For example:
•What happens when an Alzheimer's patient becomes overwhelmed?
•What environmental changes can trigger a negative reaction?
•As a caregiver, what can you do to minimize catastrophic incidents?
•How can you safely manage a patient who becomes physically aggressive?
•Should you ever use physical force to deal with a behavior problem?
•What causes vocalizations, such as yelling or constantly calling out?
•What are the best tactics for handling delusions or hallucinations?
Caregiver Burnout Takes a Toll
Here's Help From Dr. Rabins...
Feeling overwhelmed? Caregivers have been described as
"hidden patients" because many of their own emotional and
physical needs go unattended while they provide care to others.
Perhaps you've wondered:
•Will my bottled up feelings of frustration and anger lead to
"stress-related illness"?
•Is it wrong for me to feel angry while providing care for a loved
one with dementia?
•What should I do when my patient acts out in an embarrassing
way in public?
•Should friends and neighbors be told that a loved one has
•How can I get over my feelings of guilt for wishing I didn't have
this big responsibility?
•I sometimes feel sad and discouraged and even begin to cry.
What can I do?
•I feel like I'm facing this all alone. Where can I find support?
•I have trouble concentrating and don't sleep well. Could I be
•Should my patient be included in the decision to move to a long
term care facility?
•How do I get over my feelings of grief now that I've placed my
loved one in a nursing home?
Caring for a Loved One with Alzheimer's Disease discusses these
and other caregiver concerns. And that's just the start.
When is it time to take away the car keys? Dr. Rabins explains
why Alzheimer's patients lose the ability to drive and how you
should address the driving issue. He explores:
What the car represents to an older person... signs you should
watch for when determining a loved one's driving competence...
how to find a driving rehabilitation specialist in your area... how
to initiate the conversation about driving competence with the
Alzheimer's patient.
Modifying the home for patients with dementia. In this important
chapter, Dr. Morrison discusses caregiver concerns, such as:
Is it safe to leave a person with dementia home alone... why do
so many people fall at home... and how you can minimize chances
of falling... safety precautions in the bathroom and kitchen, two of
the most dangerous rooms in the house.
Personal Care and the Dementia Patient. Bathing and dressing are
two of the most demanding daily chores for the caregiver. Dr.
Morrison provides practical, straight-talking advice, including:
How to prepare the patient... what's better: bath or shower...
how to bathe the resistant patient... washing "private parts"...
getting over the embarrassment factor... when is the best time to
wash hair... techniques to trim toenails and fingernails... how
often should you brush the teeth... managing incontinence...
and much more.
Deciding to Move a Loved One into Residential Care. This is
surely one of the hardest decisions a caregiver will face, and Dr.
Rabins steers you through it with empathy and wisdom.
•How can you deal with the guilt you may feel when it comes time
to place your loved one in a facility?
•How do you know when the time is right?
•What are your options?
•Internet resources
•What happens if your loved one refuses to go into a facility?
•What options exist to cover the cost of nursing home care?
•Will Medicare or Medicaid cover the cost of a nursing home?
•What are the key questions you should ask when choosing a
nursing home?
•How often should you visit?
 Caregivers Ask the Expert

You can find all the info from this
post in this book.

There is more information on  Dementia and Alzheimer
I have posted back in the March mother
has dementia and being a care giver is very hard and
trying so any and all info I can get on this I think is
very important. I also am starting to think that my dad
might have Alzheimer to. Being caretaker for someone
with any health problems is hard enough but there is
certain health conditions that are so extremely hard
to deal with and I believe these are two of those.

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