Living Your Best with Early stage Alzheimer s

Author: Lisa Snyder
Publisher: Sunrise River Press
ISBN: 1934716189
Format: PDF, ePub
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Recent medical advances have made it possible to diagnose Alzheimer's when symptoms are only mild. New drugs are under investigation to help slow progression of the disease, and there is hope on the horizon for more effective treatments to keep the disease at bay. Today, when a person is diagnosed with Alzheimer's, 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 diagnosis, manage symptoms, and cope effectively with the disease. This book fills an enormous void by providing a straightforward, practical guide on coping with the diagnosis, effectively managing symptoms, finding meaningful activity, planning for the future, strategies for easier communication, participating in research and clinical trials, 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.

Counseling People with Early stage Alzheimer s Disease

Author: Robyn Yale
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781938870071
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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People with early dementia face enormous challenges in coping with their condition, yet they typically receive no personalized education or support following the diagnosis. Counseling empowers them to understand and come to terms with the illness while also learning to manage and make healthy adaptations to it. With the rapid increase in people diagnosed with early memory impairment and demand for better support services this groundbreaking new guide gives you essential tools to become an integral partner in a process that helps people adjust to the many changes in their lives. Presenting an innovative new counseling framework designed around the unique problems and needs arising from dementia, 'Counseling People with Early-Stage Alzheimer s Disease' guides the counselor and client through the many emotional, practical, and lifestyle issues to be faced.

Developing Support Groups for Individuals with Early stage Alzheimer s Disease

Author: Robyn Yale
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781878812261
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Traditionally, much of the literature on Alzheimer's disease has focused on caregivers rather than on people with dementia. Now, this innovative book shows readers how to help people with Alzheimer's disease by implementing support groups that meet their needs. This important reference provides step-by-step guidelines and ready-to-use forms for developing, facilitating, and administering effective supprt groups for people in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease. Based on the research and clinical experience of Robyn Yale, whose pioneering work in this field has become a model for the development of support groups around the country, Developing Support Groups for Individuals with Early-Stage Alzheimer's Disease shows how to select group participants, train group facilitator's, and address administrative concerns. Supplemented by role plays for practicing ways to handle difficult situations, this helpful book is an invaluable resource for social workers, adult day care providers, researchers, Alzheimer's Association chapter staff, and other health care professionals working with people in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease.

Losing My Mind

Author: Thomas DeBaggio
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0743216725
Format: PDF, ePub
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When Tom DeBaggio turned fifty-seven in 1999, he thought he was about to embark on the relaxing golden years of retirement -- time to spend with his family, his friends, the herb garden he had spent decades cultivating and from which he made a living. Then, one winter day, he mentioned to his doctor during a routine exam that he had been stumbling into forgetfulness, making his work difficult. After that fateful visit, and a subsequent battery of tests over several months, DeBaggio joined the legion of twelve million others afflicted with Alzheimer's disease. But under such a curse, DeBaggio was also given one of the greatest gifts: the ability to chart the ups and downs of his own failing mind. Losing My Mind is an extraordinary first-person account of early onset Alzheimer's -- the form of the disease that ravages younger, more alert minds. DeBaggio started writing on the first day of his diagnosis and has continued despite his slipping grasp on one of life's greatest treasures, memory. In an inspiring and detailed account, DeBaggio paints a vivid picture of the splendor of memory and the pain that comes from its loss. Whether describing the happy days of a youth spent in a much more innocent time or evaluating how his disease has affected those around him, DeBaggio poignantly depicts one of the most important parts of our lives -- remembrance -- and how we often take it for granted. But to DeBaggio, memory is more than just an account of a time long past, it is one's ability to function, to think, and ultimately, to survive. As his life becomes reduced to moments of clarity, the true power of thought and his ability to connect to the world shine through, and in DeBaggio's case, it is as much in the lack of functioning as it is in the ability to function that one finds love, hope and the relaxing golden years of peace. At once an autobiography, a medical history and a testament to the beauty of memory, Losing My Mind is more than just a story of Alzheimer's, it is the captivating tale of one man's battle to stay connected with the world and his own life.

The 10 Best Questions for Living with Alzheimer s

Author: Dede Bonner
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1416560858
Format: PDF, Mobi
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A good mind knows the right answers...but a great mind knows the right questions. And never are the 10 Best Questions™ more important than after the life-altering diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease. Drawing on cutting-edge research and advice given by experts from the Alzheimer's Association, Mayo Clinic, and UCLA's Memory Clinic and Center for Aging -- as well as personal stories from caretakers, including television star and activist Linda Dano and nationally syndicated columnist Harriet Cole -- The 10 Best Questions™ for Living with Alzheimer's is a guide you'll take with you to your doctor's office and keep close at hand as your loved one progresses from the initial diagnosis through all the stages of the disease. In addition to the medical questions, you'll also learn what you need to ask your spouse or parent; questions to assess home safety issues, driving skills, and home care; and how to care for your own emotional, legal, and financial health. With a wealth of resources and up-to-the-minute information, The 10 Best Questions™ for Living with Alzheimer's shows you and your family how to move past a scary diagnosis and use the power of questions to become your own best health advocate -- for yourself and for your loved one.

Alzheimer s from the Inside Out

Author: Richard Taylor
Publisher:
ISBN:
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Receiving a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease profoundly alters lives and creates endless uncertainty about the future. How does a person cope with such a life changing discovery? What are the hopes and fears of someone living with this disease? How does he want to be treated? How does he feel as the disease alters his brain, his relationships, and ultimately himself? The author provides illuminating responses to these and many other questions in this collection of provocative essays. Diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease at age 61, the former psychologist courageously shares an account of his slow transformation and deterioration and the growing division between his world and the world of others. With poignant clarity, candor, and even occasional humor, more than 80 brief essays address difficult issues faced by those with Alzheimer's disease, including the loss of independence and personhood, unwanted personality shifts, communication difficulties, changes in relationships with loved ones and friends, the declining ability to perform familiar tasks. This exploration into the world of individuals with Alzheimer's disease is for anyone affected personally or professionally by the devastating disease. Individuals with early stage Alzheimer's disease will take comfort in the voice of a fellow traveler experiencing similar challenges, frustrations, and triumphs. Family and professional caregivers will be enlightened by his revealing words, gaining a better understanding of an unfathomable world and how best to care for someone living in it.

The 24 Hour Rule

Author: Cheryl Levin-Folio
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781537316468
Format: PDF, Docs
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When Michael Folio was in his mid-fifties, he was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's. Naturally, he and his wife, Cheryl Levin-Folio, couldn't believe the news. But instead of running away from shock and fear of the unknown that accompanies such a diagnosis, the two let it sink in for a day and then created a plan to fight and do everything in their power to preserve, enhance and lengthen Michael's life. The 24-Hour Rule: Living with Alzheimer's is their positive, energetic, life-changing story. The book will help you care for your loved one with Alzheimer's and care for yourself, an equally essential component for managing the disease. Each chapter contains tips, strategies, and Cheryl's insights and personal experiences, all of which will help those afflicted with this devastating disease-and their caregivers-live from one day to the next with as much peace, enjoyment and dignity as possible. "Michael is demonstrating wonderful results compared to many patients at similar ages and stages of the illness. The menu of activities that Cheryl has assembled along with Michael's optimistic attitude have made this possible. Everything Michael and Cheryl are doing with their dedicated approach can help anyone affected with Alzheimer's. Unlike many books that focus on frightening aspects of future decline, The 24-Hour Rule: Living with Alzheimer's contains a wide range of helpful strategies for living every day to the fullest. I look forward to offering this enthusiastic how-to guide as a resource for all of our patients and families at the USF Health Byrd Alzheimer's Institute!" -Amanda G. Smith, M.D. - Medical Director USF Health Byrd Alzheimer's Institute - University of South Florida Health Byrd Alzheimer's Institute

Living with Alzheimer s

Author: Renée L. Beard
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 1479849251
Format: PDF, Kindle
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News of Alzheimer’s disease is constantly in the headlines. Every day we hear heart-wrenching stories of people caring for a loved one who has become a shell of their former self, of projections about rising incidence rates, and of cures that are just around the corner. However, we don't see or hear from the people who actually have the disease. In Living with Alzheimer’s, Renée L. Beard argues that the exclusively negative portrayals of Alzheimer’s are grossly inaccurate. To understand what life with memory loss is really like, Beard draws on intensive observations of nearly 100 seniors undergoing cognitive evaluation, as well as post-diagnosis interviews with individuals experiencing late-in-life forgetfulness. Since we all forget sometimes, seniors with an Alzheimer’s diagnosis ultimately need to be socialized into medicalized interpretations of their forgetfulness. In daily life, people with the disease are forced to manage stigma and the presumption of incompetence on top of the actual symptoms of their ailment. The well-meaning public, and not their dementia, becomes the major barrier to a happy life for those affected. Beard also examines how these perceptions affect treatment for Alzheimer’s. Interviews with clinicians and staff from the Alzheimer’s Association reveal that despite the best of intentions, pejorative framings of life with dementia fuel both clinical practice and advocacy efforts. These professionals perpetuate narratives about “self-loss,” “impending cures,” and the economic and emotional “burden” to families and society even if they do not personally believe them. Yet, Beard also concludes that in spite of these trends, most of the diagnosed individuals in her study achieve a graceful balance between accepting the medical label and resisting the social stigma that accompanies it. In stark contrast to the messages we receive, this book provides an unprecedented view into the ways that people with early Alzheimer’s actively and deliberately navigate their lives.

Living in the Labyrinth

Author: Diana McGowin
Publisher: Delta
ISBN: 030780464X
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Living In The Labyrinth is the story of how one woman found the strength and the courage to cope with a devastating disease that has afflicted five million Americans. Far from being an exercise in self-pity or a standard autobiography, this is an unflinching and ultimately uplifting look at a debilitating illness from the inside out.

Learning to Speak Alzheimer s

Author: Joanne Koenig Coste
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780618485178
Format: PDF, Mobi
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A new approach to dealing with Alzheimer's disease offers a five step method for caring for people with progressive dementia, while offering hundreds of practical tips to ease life for patients and caregivers.