An Unintended Journey: A Caregiver's Guide to Dementia

An Unintended Journey: A Caregiver's Guide to Dementia

Janet Yagoda Shagam

in keeping with the 2009 census, greater than 5 million humans dwelling within the usa have Alzheimer's sickness or another kind of dementia. now not stated in those facts are the fifteen million family members caregivers who, in overall, give a contribution seventeen billion hours of unpaid care every year. This ebook addresses the desires and demanding situations confronted via grownup teenagers and different relations who're scrambling to make experience of what's occurring to themselves and the household of their care.

The writer, an skilled clinical and technological know-how author recognized for her skill to obviously clarify advanced and emotionally delicate subject matters, can also be a former kinfolk caregiver herself. utilizing either own narrative and well-researched, expert-verified content material, she courses readers throughout the often-confusing and difficult global of dementia care. She conscientiously escorts caregivers in the course of the fundamentals of dementia as a mind disease, its accompanying behaviors, the methods used to diagnose and level the affliction, and the criminal facets of supplying take care of an grownup who's not competent.

She additionally covers issues no longer frequently integrated in different books on dementia: family members dynamics, caregiver burnout, elder abuse, incontinence, funds and purchasing care, the demanding situations same-sex households face, and dealing with the eventuality of loss of life and property administration. every one bankruptcy starts with a real-life vignette taken from the author's own event and concludes with "Frequently requested Questions" and "Worksheets" sections. The FAQs take on particular matters and occasions that frequently make caregiving any such problem. The worksheets are a device to aid readers arrange, overview, and self-reflect. A word list of phrases, an appendix, and references for extra analyzing supply readers a command of the vocabulary clinicians use and entry to worthwhile assets.

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