October 17, 2016

for carers and people who are newly diagnosed :What is dementia?

The following 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

Living your best with early-stage Alzheimer's : an essential guide

Recent medical advances have made it possible to diagnose Alzheimer's when symptoms are mild and new drugs are under investigation to help slow progression of the disease. Today, when a person is diagnosed, they may have many years ahead with only mild symptoms. The result is that a growing number of people with early-stage Alzheimer's are seeking information about how to take charge of their lives, manage symptoms, and cope effectively with the disease. Living Your Best with Early-Stage Alzheimer's: An Essential Guide provides a thorough, practical guide on coping with the diagnosis, managing symptoms, finding meaningful activity, planning for the future, maintaining important relationships, participating in research, and much more. This book is a working guide to help the person with Alzheimer's feel empowered to move forward in life in light of this challenging diagnosis.


Be with me today : a challenge to the Alzheimer's outsider DVD 

 Richard Taylor was diagnosed with dementia, probably of the Alzheimer's type, when he was 58 years old. Now 66, Richard speaks to the public about living with the disease and sends out a challenge to the Alzheimer's outsider. This is the first DVD in a series of Richard's "TODAYs." Join Richard as he speaks from his heart, urging all of us to recognize that "THERE IS A PERSON IN THERE." It is a remarkable documentation of his presentation to aging services professionals, urging them to embrace the culture change philosophy of person-centered care. For anyone who knows, interacts with, works with, or provides services to people with dementia.

Living with Dementia: A practical guide for families and personal carers
this Australian book provides a sensitive, direct and highly accessible account of the complexities and challenges that a diagnosis of dementia presents. Written by aged care experts including academics, nurses, medical practitioners and family advocates, Living with Dementia offers evidence-based research, supported by clear chapter outcomes, key terms and real-world vignettes. Practical strategies are integrated throughout to support caregivers, paid and unpaid, in the home environment and in residential care settings.

The book offers advice on how to manage everyday activities such as feeding, toileting, personal hygiene and grooming, and coping with challenging behaviour. In recognising the needs of the whole person, mental stimulation and spirituality are also addressed. An introduction to commonly used medications, complementary therapies and effective communication strategies are provided, as well as information about caring for the dying, and most importantly, looking after you – the carer.

Understanding Alzheimer's & other dementias

One of the most authoritative Australian guides available on Alzheimer's and Dementia. 

In this clear and simple guide for carers and families, Professor Brian Draper – one of Australia’s leading Alzheimer’s and dementia experts – demystifies the condition.

Looking at its symptoms, treatment and management, this guide will help increase your understanding of why dementia occurs, the current treatments and how it may be managed both by professionals and those at home.

Filled with practical advice on therapies and drug treatments, Understanding Alzheimer’s & Other Dementias is an invaluable tool for carers or those worried about their own symptoms or those of a loved one.

{The Author: Brian Draper is a Conjoint Professor in the School of Psychiatry at the University of New South Wales and since 1992, he has been the Assistant Director of the Academic Department for Old Age Psychiatry at Prince of Wales and Prince Henry Hospitals, Sydney.}

One day at a time : sharing life with dementia
Care partners are the essential ingredient in the life of a person diagnosed with dementia. They enter this role unexpectedly, untrained and totally unprepared for their own mixture of emotions. In this her first book, Dorothy shares her insights into learning how to cope, live and laugh as a carer of a person with dementia in order to help family, friends and the community to realise the emotional trauma of the early years as a carer.



Dementia : the journey ahead : a practical guide for in-home caregivers

Within a year of receiving her husband's diagnosis, Susan Kiser Scarff had a classic case of caregiver burnout. She couldn't concentrate at work. Friends drifted away. Overwhelmed, she struggled to make the transition from Red's wife to his protector, nurse, and mother. Susan's experience as a first-time caregiver, rec...orded in these pages with grace, wisdom, and humor, prove just how much there is to learn: finances have to be handled a different way in case the patient decides to make a lone trip to the bank; aggressive behavior is a constant threat; safety becomes a concern in every aspect of daily living.

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