June 03, 2016

carers tips - Behaviour is often the manifestation of feelings, understanding this concept is a key to coping ...

Dementia does hurt : in plain words / Barbara Giuliano
"Behaviour is often the manifestation of feelings, understanding this concept is a key to coping ..."
 *Covers  --  How and why --  Feelings --  Inadequacy and denial --  Confusion --  Feeling lost --  Loneliness --  Fear --  Feeling trapped --  Anger --  Feeling abandoned  --  Intrusive behaviour --  Anxiety and agitation --  Restlessness --  Repetition --  Resistive behaviour --  Verbal abuse & physical aggression --  Three phases of therapy – an explanation

Contented dementia : 24-hour wraparound care for lifelong well-being
... much can be done to maximise the quality of life for people with the dementia  "contented dementia" - by clinical psychologist and author Oliver James - outlines a ground breaking and practical method for managing dementia that will allow both sufferer and carer to maintain the highest possible quality of life, throughout every stage of the illness.

A person with dementia will experience random and increasingly frequent memory blanks relating to recent events.

Feelings, however, remain intact, as do memories of past events and both can be used in a special way to substitute for more recent information that has been lost. The SPECAL method (specialized early care for Alzheimer's) outlined in this book works by creating links between past memories and the routine activities of daily life in the present. Drawing on real-life examples and user-friendly tried-and-tested methods...

What to do when someone you love begins to forget. Having a loved one with memory loss is no laughing matter, but a little humour can help. With her sage advice and trademark irreverence, Joan Sauers helps to relieve the frustration of dealing with dementia sufferers while offering practical advice that will help you help them. Above all she reminds you that, though it may feel like the loneliest job in the world, you are not alone, a very quick and helpful read!

This book has proved very popular with carers who need a bit of a smile to deal with life as a carer as has the following book ...

A funny thing happened on the way to the nursing home: a different handbook for carers of dementia patients

This short, funny and sad book is a series of snapshots rather than a handbook as such. It describes, with a mixture of humour and pathos, some of the experiences of caring for a spouse with dementia, and in so doing imparts practical and useful advice. It is one person's view of how to manage an increasingly common problem, and explains why a sense of humour, and indeed a sense of the ridiculous, are very necessary attributes for surviving the caring process. Aimed primarily at the lay reader, it contains a lot of useful, and at times entertaining, material for the medical profession.

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

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