January 20, 2017

new titles for the carer

*These and other similar 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

When someone you know is living in a dementia care community

Life changes dramatically for the entire family when the decision is made to move a person who has dementia from home to community care. Rachael Wonderlin, a gerontologist, dementia care expert, and popular dementia care blogger, helps caregivers cope with the difficult behaviours, emotions, and anxieties that both they and their loved one may experience.

Writing from her own practice and drawing on the latest research in gerontology and dementia, Wonderlin explains the different kinds of dementia, details the wide range of care communities available for people who have dementia, and speaks empathetically to the worry and guilt many families feel. "Do not let anyone make you feel like you have taken the ‘easy way out’ by choosing a dementia care community," she writes. "You are still going to deal with a lot of challenging behaviors, concerns, and questions regarding your loved one’s care."

the book is an accessible guide offering answers to such questions as:
  • How do I choose a place for my loved one to live?· 
  • What do I do if my loved one asks about going home?·
  • How can I improve the quality of my visits?·
  • What is the best way to handle conflict between residents, or between the resident and staff?·  
  • What do I do if my loved one starts a romantic relationship with another resident?
Series: A 36-Hour Day Book

36 Hour Day: Family Guide to Caring for Persons with Alzheimer’s Disease, Related Dementing Illnesses and Memory Loss in Late Life

 It’s called The Family Guide to caring for Persons with Alzheimer’s Disease, related Dementing Illness and Memory Loss in later life, and has become THE classic on Alzheimer’s Caregiving. This is the complete “Caregivers Survival Guide” manual. You should not be a caregiver for a dementia victim without this! Truly extensive in an easy to reference format, it covers all the day to day stuff, plus the background information and examples. One section hit home for me. What would we do if something happened to me? This is Chapter 9, short and direct. Are you prepared?
Since first publication of The 36-hour Day - many books have been written to help the families and caregivers of individuals with the disease. This book remains,  the gold standard for the field. This is not only because of its innovativeness (at the time) but also because it touches knowledgeably, albeit briefly, on so many of the important areas of concern to caregivers.
Where do Australians stand on dementia?
This booklet summarises the latest survey information telling us what Australians understand and think about dementia, supplemented with the latest facts and statistics.
The information from these surveys tells us quite a bit about where Australians stand on dementia, and there might be a few surprises!
There is never an easy way to explain something as tricky and hard as Alzheimer’s. This book uses the perfect amount of humour  to do exactly that … Dr Andrew Rochford

Not Right in the Head : How one family facing Alzheimers discovered laughter may just be the best medicine

...light-hearted, heart-warming account of how one family faced Alzheimer's and how the almost comical events within the secure walls of the nursing home made them realise that humour was the only way through. 
Michelle Wyatt's mum always joked with the family that if she ever developed Alzheimer's like her own mother-Michelle's grandmother-they should put her in a home and throw away the key. When she did ultimately succumb to the disease, the choice to put her in a nursing home became the only option. During the next six years, Michelle, a well-known television producer, visited her mum often while her dad kept a daily vigil in the nursing home.

What Michelle and her family discovered throughout these challenging times was that allowing themselves to see the funny side of the weird and wonderful things they witnessed while visiting her mum made a difficult journey just that little bit easier.

This memoir is a light-hearted but moving account of Michelle's experience with her mum's dementia-giving us an insight in how to cope compassionately, effectively and lastingly with a disease that affects almost 400,000 people in Australia alone.


 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!

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!

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