A Caregiver's Guide to Dementia.

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A Caregiver's Guide to Dementia

Laura N. Gitlin & Catherine Verrier Piersol

Camino Books, Inc.

PO Box 59026, Philadelphia, PA 19102


9781933822907, $22.00, 112pp, www.amazon.com

Synopsis: Mom has nothing to do I m concerned about her quality of life. My husband gets agitated when I need to leave the house I don t know what to do. My father keeps asking the same questions over and over. These are some of the common challenges encountered by individuals and families who are caring for a parent, spouse or close relative with dementia. This easy-to-use, practical guide is designed to help at-home caregivers navigate these daily challenges. Although there is no cure for dementia or its many behavioral symptoms, there are clear and proven strategies that can be used to enhance the quality of life for persons diagnosed with dementia--strategies that can make a real difference for their families.

"A Caregiver s Guide to Dementia" explores the use of activities and other techniques to prevent, reduce and manage the behavioral symptoms of dementia. Separate sections cover daily activities, effective communication, especially difficult behaviors, and explicit strategies to deal with agitation, repetitive questions, acting-out, wandering, restlessness, hoarding, resistance to care, incontinence, destructiveness, sexually and socially inappropriate acts at home and in public...

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