The Alzheimer's Caregiving Puzzle

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The Alzheimer's Caregiving Puzzle

Putting Together the Pieces

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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

About The Author(s)

Patricia Callone MA, MRE, PhD

Patricia R. Callone is the Vice President of Institutional Relations for Creighton University. For six years she served on the Board of Directors of the Alzheimer's Association Midlands Chapter. She has experience with Alzheimer's as both an educator and as a caregiver.

Connie Kudlacek BS

Connie Kudlacek, BS, is the Executive Director of the Alzheimer's Association Midlands Chapter.

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