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The Alzheimer's Caregiving Puzzle

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The Alzheimer's Caregiving Puzzle

SKU# 9781932603880

Putting Together the Pieces

Author: Patricia R. Callone MA, MRE, Connie Kudlacek BS


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"In the US 5.2 million people live with Alzheimer's disease, it is the sixth-leading cause of death and ten million baby boomers will develop Alzheimer's in their lifetime. Alzheimer's often takes a bigger toll on the caregivers of persons living with Alzheimer's, generally family members, loved-ones and friends.

Written by two caregivers with 55 years of experience, the book addresses the challenges caregivers face dealing with the behaviors of those they are caring for.

Through the use of diagrams, charts, examples, and stories the book will help caregivers to understand what their loved ones are going through. And what they, as caregivers, are going through as well. Although no one has all the answers to the puzzle of Alzheimer's yet, this book will help people to understand and give better care to persons living with and the people caring for them.

The Alzheimer's Caregiving Puzzle shows

  • The basic concepts of Alzheimer's disease and its progression across the brain
  • What loved ones need as the disease progresses
  • Outlines three caregiving styles
  • Charts caregiving stages
  • Five healthy caregiving practices
  • How to give dignified, appropriate and safe care
  • How to be compassionate with others and forgiving of one's self

Product Details 

  • Publication Date September 29, 2010
  • Page Count 216
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9781932603880
  • EISBN 9781617050299

Table of Contents 

Part I: Caregiving for the Person with Alzheimer's Disease: Nurture What Remains
1. The Basics of Alzheimer's
2. The Enduring Self
3. Pre-Alzheimer's
4. Early-to-Mild Stage
5. Moderate Stage
6. Severe Stage
7. How You Can Nourish Your Loved One Throughout this Disease
8. Be Your Own Detective -How to Connect Through All Stages
Part II: Taking Care of the Caregiver (YOU!)
9. Caregiving Styles -Find Your Style
10. Early-to-Mild Stage of the Disease: What Caregivers Need
11. Moderate Stage of the Disease: What Caregivers Need
12. Severe Stage of the Disease: What Caregivers Need
13. Potential Pitfalls You May Fall Into
14. Potential Dangers When Someone Else is Caregiving for Your Loved One
15. Keeping Your Head Up
Appendix: Tools for Caregivers

Editorial Review(s) 

"The Alzheimer's Caregiving Puzzle: Putting Together the Pieces is a guide for dealing with the unfortunate seniors who are facing this disorder. The Alzheimer's Caregiving Puzzle is a moving and utterly useful read for these individiuals in their pursuit of care for those with Alzheimer's." - The Midwest Book Review

3 Stars "This is an interesting approach. The analogy of the stages of the disease to the quarters of a football game is apt. The discussion of caregiving styles is very useful. The clinical vignettes and stories woven throughout to illustrate the issues are well edited and annotated. The description of the shift in family constellations and dynamics is very good. There are many appealing novel approaches in this thoughtfully prepared book that recommend it. Although this book is written for a lay audience, medical professionals, nurses, and social workers will find this a useful reference for their patients caregivers. The authors are experienced caregivers and writers on these topics."-Doody's Reviews

"No matter where you are in the journey with a loved one with dementia, this book can be a lifeline…, this book has a thread of hope woven throughout the chapters. This book will be useful to caregivers when the situation first arises; it seems to cover every conceivable piece of information that could be needed. It also serves as a valuable reference for caregivers as their roles continue to evolve."-Kristen K. York, MEd, Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary & Alternative Medicine, April 2011