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The Busy Caregiver's Guide to Advanced Alzheimer Disease
- The only guide to caring for those with advanced Alzheimer disease. Caring for someone living with advanced Alzheimer disease is a challenge. It can make you feel like you're on a hamster wheel-running in circles, trying the same things over and over with no effect on your loved one. You may also find it difficult to connect with your loved one and to understand what those living with Alzheimer disease are going through. In The Busy Caregiver's Guide to Advanced Alzheimer Disease, Dr. Jennifer Stelter, a psychologist working in memory care, shares a new model designed to help caregivers understand, cope with, and handle some of the most challenging behaviors associated with the disease while encouraging and reinforcing independence and quality of life for their loved ones. Her Dementia Connection Model, which is based on current scientific research, will aid you in forging a positive bond with your loved one with less frustration. Win-win! Follow along, step by step, as Dr. Stelter outlines the three main elements of the Dementia Connection Model and learn how to put these elements into practice to help with * communication problems * eating difficulties * mobility concerns * memory deficits * behavioral issues * toileting trouble * and other common complications of Alzheimer disease. The evidenced-based, practical interventions and strategies in The Busy Caregiver's Guide will help you stay emotionally, mentally, and physically involved in your loved one's life. Special dedicated worksheets help you practice the skills and keep track of what is working. You'll also read stories about other caregivers who face the same struggles.
- Jennifer R. Stelter (CHICAGO, IL) is a licensed clinical psychologist, certified dementia practitioner and trainer, and consultant. She is the co-owner of NeuroEssence, LLC, and the owner of The Oil Doctor, PsyD, LLC. Gerontologist Rachael Wonderlin (PITTSBURGH, PA) is a dementia care consultant who runs the popular blog and podcast Dementia By Day. She is the author of When Someone You Know Is Living in a Dementia Care Community and the coauthor of Creative Engagement: A Handbook of Activities for People with Dementia.
- Preface Acknowledgments 1. What is Alzheimer Disease? 2. What is the Dementia Connection Model? 3. Using the Dementia Connection Model 4. Communication Challenges 5. Eating, Feeding, and Nutrition Challenges 6. Sleeping Challenges 7. Toileting Challenges 8. Bathing Challenges 9. Pain and Pain Management 10. Depression, Hallucinations, and Delusions 11. Repetitive Behavior, Rummaging, and Collecting 12. Fight or Flight: Sundowning, Aggression, and Wandering 13. Intentional Care 14. Promoting Brain Health References Index
- The only guide to caring for those with advanced Alzheimer disease.
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