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A diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease can be frightening and overwhelming-and not just for the patient. Becoming the primary caregiver for a newly diagnosed loved one can be one of the most challenging-and one of the most rewarding-experiences possible. In Understand Alzheimer's: A First-Time Caregiver's Plan to Understand & Prepare for Alzheimer's & Dementia, you'll find a w A diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease can be frightening and overwhelming-and not just for the patient. Becoming the primary caregiver for a newly diagnosed loved one can be one of the most challenging-and one of the most rewarding-experiences possible. In Understand Alzheimer's: A First-Time Caregiver's Plan to Understand & Prepare for Alzheimer's & Dementia, you'll find a wealth of practical and useful information to help you and your loved one deal with a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease. Understand Alzheimer's is a guide to providing compassionate care for a spouse, parent, sibling, or friend, from the early stages of Alzheimer's disease until the end of life. Understand Alzheimer's is a comprehensive and thoughtful guide to caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's, with: An in-depth explanation of the seven stages of Alzheimer's disease and what the diagnosis means Checklists for how to prepare your loved one's surroundings for safety and ease of activities Compassionate advice for managing your stress and finding the balance to keep you from feeling depressed, lonely, and isolated A list of resources with information for supporting those with Alzheimer's disease, and organizations that can help build a caregiving network A guide to Alzheimer's treatment options and a checklist for dealing with medical professionals Helpful suggestions for managing the changes in your loved one's behavior Living with Alzheimer's disease presents daily challenges for both the caregiver and patient. Understand Alzheimer's is a practical guide that helps you and your loved one cope with Alzheimer's while maintaining the best quality of life possible for both of you.


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A diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease can be frightening and overwhelming-and not just for the patient. Becoming the primary caregiver for a newly diagnosed loved one can be one of the most challenging-and one of the most rewarding-experiences possible. In Understand Alzheimer's: A First-Time Caregiver's Plan to Understand & Prepare for Alzheimer's & Dementia, you'll find a w A diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease can be frightening and overwhelming-and not just for the patient. Becoming the primary caregiver for a newly diagnosed loved one can be one of the most challenging-and one of the most rewarding-experiences possible. In Understand Alzheimer's: A First-Time Caregiver's Plan to Understand & Prepare for Alzheimer's & Dementia, you'll find a wealth of practical and useful information to help you and your loved one deal with a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease. Understand Alzheimer's is a guide to providing compassionate care for a spouse, parent, sibling, or friend, from the early stages of Alzheimer's disease until the end of life. Understand Alzheimer's is a comprehensive and thoughtful guide to caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's, with: An in-depth explanation of the seven stages of Alzheimer's disease and what the diagnosis means Checklists for how to prepare your loved one's surroundings for safety and ease of activities Compassionate advice for managing your stress and finding the balance to keep you from feeling depressed, lonely, and isolated A list of resources with information for supporting those with Alzheimer's disease, and organizations that can help build a caregiving network A guide to Alzheimer's treatment options and a checklist for dealing with medical professionals Helpful suggestions for managing the changes in your loved one's behavior Living with Alzheimer's disease presents daily challenges for both the caregiver and patient. Understand Alzheimer's is a practical guide that helps you and your loved one cope with Alzheimer's while maintaining the best quality of life possible for both of you.

30 review for Understand Alzheimer's: A First-Time Caregiver's Plan to Understand & Prepare for Alzheimer's & Dementia

  1. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn

    I recevied a free copy through a Goodreads Firstreads giveaway. Not an easy book to read, but it is very informative. I would recommend this book to someone who has a loved one whom they suspect might have Alzheimer's, whom has recently received a diagnosis or has a family history of it. Being informed about what to expect goes a long way to make the best possible decisions for your situation. It touches on the warning signs (is it Alzheimer's?), stages of the disease and plans for care. I think s I recevied a free copy through a Goodreads Firstreads giveaway. Not an easy book to read, but it is very informative. I would recommend this book to someone who has a loved one whom they suspect might have Alzheimer's, whom has recently received a diagnosis or has a family history of it. Being informed about what to expect goes a long way to make the best possible decisions for your situation. It touches on the warning signs (is it Alzheimer's?), stages of the disease and plans for care. I think some of the most valuable portions are the discussions about whether being a primary caregiver for your loved one is really appropriate for your situation. This is hard, because your first instinct is 'I love them, of course I will take care of them.' The truth is, it is a very, very hard job on a number of levels. You have to really look at yourself and ask, can I give them what they need? Can I be patient with them and this difficult situation? Can I handle it as they slip away from me and no longer know me? Am I strong enough, gentle enough? Can I do it for a while, and admit if I need help? Can I trust someone else to care for them, if I am no longer the best person for the job? If you do decide to be the primary caregiver, it tells you how to prepare. It goes into detail about the stages of the disease and what is needed in each stage. How to keep them safe and calm. And finally, dealing with the end stages, either at home or in another facility. It also gives you tips to make plans regarding finances and other considerations. I think it is a valuable resource for anyone who is currently or might be in charge of the care of or making decisions for someone with Alzheimers.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    A helpful book that covers the basics of dementia and Alzheimer's for care givers. It explains the progression of the diseases and the level of care that is required at each stage. A helpful book that covers the basics of dementia and Alzheimer's for care givers. It explains the progression of the diseases and the level of care that is required at each stage.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jes

    basic information- good lists and reminders, easy to digest and share while taking on the often scary and sad rollecoaster of Alzheimer's basic information- good lists and reminders, easy to digest and share while taking on the often scary and sad rollecoaster of Alzheimer's

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