July 27, 2015

New books for family carers of people living 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

Caregiving in Alzheimer's and other dementias

...In these pages are specific tips for all stages of caregiving, from the initial realization of the problem through mild, moderate, and severe stages of dementia, and even beyond, when a caregiver begins to resume a full life after the patient’s death. Dr. Pfeiffer identifies specific problems and provides practical solutions. He explains the importance of support groups and many other means of dealing with stressful days. For experienced caregivers and those new to the challenges, this book will be a profoundly useful guide to coping successfully.
*Some interesting chapters --  what is a care giver? --  different kinds of care givers; spouses other family friends --   why Alzheimer’s disease  demands  caregiving --  preparing for the  job of caregiving --  the rewards of caregiving --  early stages:  caregiver in waiting --  middle stages: patience and humour --  late stages: even more challenging...



Creating moments of joy : for the person with Alzheimer's or dementia
When a person has short-term memory loss, his life is made up of moments. We are not able to create a perfectly wonderful day with those who have dementia, but it is absolutely attainable to create perfectly wonderful moments—moments that put smiles on their faces, a twinkle in their eyes, or trigger memories. Five minutes later, they won’t remember what you did or said, but the feeling you left them with will linger.

Within the sections are smaller steps. At the end of each step is a place where you can journal your thoughts, solutions, and treasures to help you achieve the overall goal of creating many moments of joy for the person with dementia, and for YOU!


Explaining Alzheimer's and dementia : more than memories
What exactly is Alzheimer's disease and dementia? With Alzheimer's and dementia now reckoned to affect thousands in Britain, this is a question that more and more people are needing to ask. The second book in the new Explaining series, Explaining Alzheimer's and Dementia provides a clear and concise introduction to this fascinating and complex subject. Written in accessible, non-specialist language, it provides an ideal introduction for parents, carers, partners and anyone faced with a loved one or client with either of these conditions.

*Contents: have I had lunch yet? --  different views about dementia --  focus on strengths --  what is dementia? --  behaviour: a form of communication --  keep listening --  final words

In Live and Laugh with Dementia
Dr Low shows us how we can tailor activities to suit the needs and abilities of dementia patients who are unable to initiate activities themselves, and help them to:
- Maintain their relationships with others
- Maintain their self-identity
- Slow the decline of mental function by providing physical and mental stimulation
- Stave off boredom
- Experience happiness and pleasure.
Hopeful and inspiring, Live and Laugh with Dementia supports people to improve their relationship with the person with dementia.
Ideal for both family and professional carers, not only does it contain suggestions for activities and how to tailor them, but it also covers a host of ideas that will empower family and friends to re-engage with those living with dementia, allowing them to build new relationships, spread the load
of care and add richness to their lives as well as meaning to their own.
This invaluable book also contains tips for people with mild dementia in order to empower them to stay active and keep control of their lives as much as possible.

Amazing Grace : enjoying Alzheimer's

  The story of a British man whose wife Grace developed Alzheimer's at 56. Rather than let her vegetate, he travelled the world with her, even though she was confused and incontinent, going to places as exotic as the Galapagos, India, and Sri Lanka; took her on long hikes; and. continued to have sexual relations.

"Ray never lost sight of Grace; he did not reduce her to her disease; he was able to see her as she once was and as she had become simultaneously."
You may think caring for a patient with progressive dementia would be hard enough in the familiarity and comfort of your own home, but early on Ray decided that he wanted to give Grace the very best quality of life he could and for him that meant ensuring that she continued to benefit from stimulation and enjoyment, even if her pleasure could only ever be transitory. To this end Ray sold their Scottish home and used the money to take Grace travelling on a shoe string....

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