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The 36-Hour Day:

A Family Guide to Caring for People Who Have Alzheimer Disease and Other
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For 40 years, The 36-Hour Day has been the leading work in the field for caregivers of those with dementia. Written by experts with decades of experience caring for individuals with memory loss, Alzheimer's, and other dementias, the book is widely known for its authoritativeness and compassionate approach to care. Featuring everything from the causes of dementia to managing its early stages to advice on caring for those in the later stages of the disease, it is widely considered to be the most detailed and trusted book available. Highlighting useful takeaway messages and informed by recent research into the causes of dementia, this new edition has been completely updated. It features * brand-new content on everything from home care aides to useful apps to promising preventative techniques and therapies * practical advice for avoiding caregiver burnout-plus tips for when and how to get additional help * a completely new two-column design that allows readers to quickly access what they need * a bonus accompanying website that keeps readers updated on what's new in dementia caregiving The central idea underlying this indispensable book-that much can be done to improve the lives of people with dementia and of those caring for them-remains the same. The 36-Hour Day is the definitive dementia care guide.
Before she retired, Nancy L. Mace, MA (CONCORD, CA), was a consultant to and member of the board of directors of the Alzheimer's Association and an assistant in psychiatry and coordinator of the T. Rowe and Eleanor Price Teaching Service of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Peter V. Rabins, MD, MPH (TOWSON, MD), is a professor of the practice in the Erickson School of Aging Management Services at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. The author of Is It Alzheimer's? 101 Answers to Your Most Pressing Questions about Memory Loss and Dementia, he was the founding director of the geriatric psychiatry program and the first holder of the Richman Family Professorship of Alzheimer Disease and Related Disorders in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Foreword Preface 1. Dementia 2. Getting Medical Help for the Person Who Has Dementia 3. Characteristic Behavioral Symptoms in People Who Have Dementia 4. Problems in Independent Living 5. Problems Arising in Daily Care 6. Medical Problems 7. Managing the Behavioral and Neuropsychiatric Symptoms of Dementia 8. Symptoms Associated with Mood Change and Suspiciousness 9. Special Arrangement If You Become Ill 10. Getting Outside Help 11. You and the Person Who Has Dementia 12. How Caring for a Person Who Has Dementia Affects You 13. Caring for Yourself 14. Financial and Legal Issues 15. Long-Term Care Arrangements 16. Preventing and Delaying Cognitive Decline 17. Brain Disorders and the Causes of Dementia 18. Research in Dementia Index
With over 3.5 million copies sold, the bestselling guide to understanding and caring for people with dementia is now completely revised and updated!
"We yearn for the day when there is no Alzheimer's, no Alzheimer patients, and no Alzheimer caregivers. Until then, there is The 36-Hour Day." --Jeffrey Cummings, MD, ScD, Director, Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health "Thorough and compassionate, offering accessible information and practical advice, The 36-Hour Day is a necessary resource for families living with dementia. Still the gold standard, this book is the trusted reference that families turn to first--and over and over--for guidance and support in caring for someone with Alzheimer's disease." --Lisa Genova, author of Still Alice "This is for carers and families, but equally should be on the reading list for nursing and medical students. Every ward should have a copy as nursing and clinicians can learn so much from this and ensure a high standard of care for these patients." --Nursing Times "The best guide of its kind." --Chicago Sun-Times "Recommended to all caregivers and families of persons with dementia as an indispensable source of valuable information on a very wide range of topics." --Case Management Journals "Having lived the chapter and verse of The 36-Hour Day for twenty years, I know how this book empowers families with constructive and compassionate advice. This new edition offers definitive testament to the slow destructive force of Alzheimer's disease and how it challenges families caring for loved ones with dementia. It is a must read by all those who serve our aging generation." --Meryl Comer, author of Slow Dancing with a Stranger: Lost and Found in the Age of Alzheimer's "From its knowing title to its knows-everything contents, The 36-Hour Day 'gets' what you're going through. This encyclopedia of dementia care misses no aspect of life affected, from tough behaviors to challenged relationships to medication decisions--describing each with both the honesty and compassion we caregivers deeply need." --Paula Spencer Scott, author of Surviving Alzheimer's: Practical Tips and Soul-Saving Wisdom for Caregivers "For a reader who wants a book about Alzheimer's and caregiving, this is still the one to buy. Recommended." --Choice "Excellent guidance and clear information of a kind that the family needs... The authors offer the realistic advice that sometimes it is better to concede the patient's frailties than to try to do something about them, and that a compassionate sense of humor often helps." --The New York Times "Continues to be the 'bible' of recommendation for any caregiver whose family member suffers from dementia." --Bookwatch "Both a guide and a legend." --Chicago Tribune "An excellent, practical manual for families and professionals involved in the care of persons with progressive illnesses. The book is specific and thought-provoking, and it will be helpful to anyone even remotely involved with an 'impaired' person. Highly recommended, especially for public and nursing libraries." --Library Journal "An excellent guide with general information for family caregivers of persons with dementia. The text is person focused and describes the complexity and depth of the care required not only for persons with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia but also for caregivers." --Activities, Adaptation and Aging "An excellent book for families who are caring for persons with dementia. A book that physicians can confidently recommend to the families of their patients." --Journal of the American Medical Association "An essential guidebook full of detailed, practical, and compassionate advice for those caring for a PWD. The 36-Hour Day continues to serve as the gold-standard care guide for millions of dementia caregivers." --The Gerontologist "An admirably realistic guide to caring for people with Alzheimer's." --New York Review of Books
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