July 06, 2017

"Five Love Languages" - words of affirmation, quality time, gifts, acts of service and physical touch keep love alive!

If you only have time to read one book one book on caring for a loved one 

 this could be it!

Keeping love alive as memories fade : the 5 love languages and the Alzheimer's journey 

 read the book or  listen to the CDs download the eBook or audio version 

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
I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in Alzheimer's disease and dementia. It has valuable information for care givers, care partners and family and friends of someone with any type of dementia. The author discusses: 

  • How both the caregiver and care receiver can apply the love languages.                                                                                                                                                                                                           
  • It address the challenges and stresses of the caregiver journey and how others can help.                                                                                               
  • It tells of personal stories and case studies about maintaining emotional intimacy amidst dementia.                                                                              
  • It examines the types of dementia and the parts of the brain that are effected in each stage and how to incorporate music and activities.                                                                                      
  • It also discusses 4 other immensely useful books.                                                  
  • But most of all it helps you to keep loving a  person with dementia.                                                                                                        
  • The book includes  - 40 Ways to say "I Love You " in Middle- and Late-Stage Dementia. AND MORE.

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!

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?
 This book remains,  the gold standard for the field. This is not only because of its inattentiveness, but also because it touches knowledgeably, briefly, on so many of the important areas of concern to caregivers.

Loving someone who has dementia : how to find hope while coping with 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. 

She shows you a way to embrace rather than resist the ambiguity in your relationship with someone who has dementia.

Thoughtful dementia care : understanding the dementia experience

The author carefully explains the loss of various types of memory and other thinking processes. 

She describes how these losses affect the day to day life of people with dementia, their understanding of the world around them and their personal situations. 
The many portrayals of real life experiences clarify and deepen the explanations. 
Jennifer is a nurse who worked for many years as an educator and counsellor for people with dementia and their families, as well as others in caring roles. She addresses the emotional and grief issues in the contexts in which they arise for families living with dementia. 

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