January 28, 2016

books for carers

These resources are available for loan to members of AANSW - if you would like to reserve them please email the Library on lis@alznsw.asn.au

Loving someone who has dementia : how to find hope while coping with stress and grief
by Pauline Boss
Research-based advice for people who care for someone with dementia. When Someone You Love Has Dementia is a new kind of caregiving book. It's not about the usual techniques, but about how to manage on-going stress and grief. Dr. Boss helps caregivers find hope in "ambiguous loss" having a loved one both here and not here, physically present but psychologically absent. Outlines seven guidelines to stay resilient while caring for someone who has dementia. Discusses the meaning of relationships with individuals who are cognitively impaired and no longer as they used to be. Offers approaches to understand and cope with the emotional strain of care-giving. Boss's book builds on research and clinical experience, yet the material is presented as a conversation. She shows you a way to embrace rather than resist the ambiguity in your relationship with someone who has dementia.

(*these books are very popular and we have multiple copies)

Facing Alzheimer's with strength and grace : a guide for family carers
Alzheimer’s has entered your life and everything is changing.
Your loved one has been diagnosed, but you still don’t know what to expect.

Will your mom maintain her sweet demeanour, or will she turn into a rage-fuelled menace, prone to hallucinations and outbursts?

How long will it be before your husband of 50 years no longer remembers who you are—and how will you ever be strong enough to handle that?
A disease unlike any other, Alzheimer’s will forever alter you, your loved one and your entire family.

Facing these changes may seem impossible, but the maxim of “knowledge is power” is never more applicable than when discussing the issues of Alzheimer’s caregiving.
This guide will equip you with the information necessary to face the mental, physical, emotional, medical and financial challenges of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease with strength and grace. Within these pages you will discover how to approach caregiving for what it is: a journey, during which you and your family will experience the full spectrum of emotions; love, pain, joy, sorrow and—most importantly—hope.

Caregiver’s Handbook: A guide to caring for the ill, elderly, disabled ... and yourself

One day you may find that someone you care about — a spouse, parent, relative, or close friend — needs help negotiating the daily tasks of life. Perhaps that day has already come.
The information in this report will assist you in meeting the needs of the person you care for while attending to your own.

 The first chapter focuses on ways to organize and accomplish daily tasks.    
The chapters that follow describe financial, legal, and medical information that’s vital to caregivers, as well as a special section devoted to caring for yourself as you navigate caregiving challenges.
Throughout the report, you’ll also find plenty of resources and tips designed to improve your loved one’s life as well as your own.

Remember remember
by Hazel McHaffie
The author is a trained nurse and midwife who has carried out extensive research into medical ethics and has lectured around the world. She is widely published in the medical and academic spheres, and this is her second novel.

*Hazel McHaffie has an extraordinary ability to create the convincing inner voice of a person with severe dementia. The result is often both funny and poignant. She raises emotional and ethical issues not as theoretical 'thin' cases, but within the richly characterised world of the novel... a good read from start to finish. PROFESSOR TONY HOPE

*.. It provides an amazing insight into the thought process of someone with dementia, as well as being a gripping and heartfelt narrative. JOURNAL OF DEMENTIA CARE This novel, I'm sure, will resonate deeply with family members and carers trying to cope with this most distressing condition.

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