Dementia Caregivers Share Their Stories: A Support Group in a Book by Lynda A. MarkutDementia Caregivers Share Their Stories: A Support Group in a Book by Lynda A. Markut

Dementia Caregivers Share Their Stories: A Support Group in a Book

byLynda A. Markut, Anatole Crane

Paperback | June 10, 2005

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Replete with the powerful words of experienced caregivers, Dementia Caregivers Share Their Stories is an essential guidebook for anyone who must attend to the needs of a loved one suffering from Alzheimer's disease or another form of dementia. In these pages, members of caregivers' support groups - representing twenty-six families and a variety of professions and income levels - speak candidly about the challenges they have faced at every step in the caregiving process, from recognizing early symptoms of dementia to dealing with its advanced stages.

Highlighting the ingenuity and resourcefulness of caregivers, the book brims with inspirational stories, practical advice, and creative approaches to problem-solving. Among the issues addressed are:

Becoming a caregiver, whether for a spouse or parent
Dealing with the personality changes caused by dementia, from anxiety and paranoia to hallucinations and impulsive behavior
Keeping dementia sufferers meaningfully involved in life
Handling the emotions and stresses of caregiving
Seeking help through support groups and other sources, including medical professionals, clergy, and other family members The authors, who have both been caregivers themselves, augment their interviewees' stories with connective commentary and their own personal stories. A useful resource section is included to refer readers to associations and help-lines.

Title:Dementia Caregivers Share Their Stories: A Support Group in a BookFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.72 inPublished:June 10, 2005Publisher:Vanderbilt University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0826514804

ISBN - 13:9780826514806

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Table of Contents

Early Symptoms and Diagnosis
Who Cares and How They Do It
The Challenge of Behavior Changes
Maintaining Meaningful Involvement in Life
The Emotions of Caregiving
Transitions: Taking the Next Step
Holidays and Other Celebrations
Coping with Losses
Caregiver Stress
Meaningful Connections
Terminal Stage: Moving Forward
Growth Through Caring
Messages to Caregivers
Resources for Caregivers

Editorial Reviews

This book is needed by every family member that has a relative suffering from any of the dementia causing diseases.
--Diana Pederson, Metapsychology Online Reviews