When A Family Member Has Dementia: Steps To Becoming A Resilient Caregiver

Hardcover | January 31, 2006

bySusan McCurry

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Caring for a person with dementia is a difficult and often- overwhelming task. In addition to the inevitable decline in memory and physical function, most persons with dementia develop one or more troublesome behavior problems, such as depression, fearfulness, sleep disturbances, paranoia, or physical aggression at some point in their disease. Behavioral challenges in dementia are highly idiosyncratic. No two patients are alike, and interventions that work well with one person are often ineffective with another. Caregivers often become stuck: either unable to figure out how best to help their loved one, or unable to consistently implement positive practices they know would improve their situation. This book offers caregivers a set of practical and flexible tools to enable them become more resilient in the face of difficulty and change. McCurry teaches caregivers how to take advantage of their own creativity and inner resources to develop strategies that will work in their unique situations. She presents her set of five core principles and then brings them to life through vignettes. Anyone who lives, works, or comes in contact with a person who has dementia will benefit from this volume.

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Caring for a person with dementia is a difficult and often- overwhelming task. In addition to the inevitable decline in memory and physical function, most persons with dementia develop one or more troublesome behavior problems, such as depression, fearfulness, sleep disturbances, paranoia, or physical aggression at some point in their ...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:166 pages, 9.52 × 6.36 × 0.77 inPublished:January 31, 2006Publisher:Praeger PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0275985741

ISBN - 13:9780275985745

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"This is a book that every caregiver should read. McCurry draws upon her experience as part of the best research team in the world that looks at caring for people with dementia, and offers clear, practical stratgies for managing the most stressful problems that families encounter. These approaches will make a difference."-Steven H. Zarit, Ph.D. Professor and Chair Department of Human Development and Family Studies The Pennsylvania State University