July 01, 2014

Younger Onset Dementia from the perspective of the person with dementia

These resources are available for loan to members of AANSW - if you would like to reserve them please email the Library on nsw.library@alzheimers.org.au
While I still can.... one man's journey through early onset Alzheimer's disease
by Rick Phelps and Gary Joseph LeBlanc
Rick Phelps, the founder of “Memory People”, an online Alzheimer’s and memory impairment support and awareness group, was diagnosed  at the age of 57. Throughout this book the reader is given a firsthand account of the early signs that Phelps experienced before being diagnosed with EOAD, the loneliness he felt during the denial period of family and friends and the terror that gripped his heart upon receiving the undeniable diagnosis. Phelps then describes how he and his loved ones have learned to cope since his diagnosis, finding the will to continue to live and love everyday, while he still can.

Other popular books on caring by Gary Joseph LeBlanc:

Staying afloat in a sea of forgetfulness : common sense caregiving
Gary Joseph LeBlanc is a columnist and book dealer from Spring Hill, Florida. He was the primary caregiver of his beloved father stricken with Alzheimer's disease for nearly the past decade. LeBlanc's weekly column appears in the Hernando Today, a Tampa Tribune Publication. His writings offer insight and hope through his own 3,000 days plus of caregiving, dealing with the memory-impaired, given in a caregiver friendly manner...
When my father was first diagnosed with Alzheimer's, I read everything I could get my hands on about the disease. Right off the bat I could tell if it was written by a physician, pharmaceutical company or even a nursing home. When caregivers are looking for help, the last thing they need is medical text so complex they already forgot what they read by the time it's laid back down. This is what got me started on writing about common sense caregiving, which turned into a weekly column and now into this book. My goal is to make this book as "caregiver friendly" as possible. Sharing my triumphs and hardships from my plus three-thousand day campaign in dealing with the disease of Alzheimer's and the world of memory-impairment.


Managing Alzheimer's and dementia behaviors: common sense caregiving
The primary purpose of this booklet is to assist both "Healthcare Professionals" and "Family Caregivers" alike in providing the best care possible to those afflicted with Alzheimer's Disease or dementia of any kind. No less important, however, is another objective; for the information contained within these pages to be a catalyst in creating a better understanding between professional caregivers and the family members of the patients who they are caring for. Communication between these two factions is paramount. It is our hope that this booklet will be read individually or in groups, discussed openly and, after putting some of the tips now learned into practice, discussed again. Always remember, each patient is unique, but at the same time, the disease can often be manageable with the use of common sense, diligence and, most importantly, with love.




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