When A Family Member Has Dementia

When A Family Member Has Dementia

Steps to Becoming A Resilient Caregiver

Book - 2006
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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.

Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 2006.
ISBN: 9780275985745
Branch Call Number: 362.19683
Characteristics: xvi, 166 p. ; 25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Teri, Linda


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Mar 10, 2012

As a geriatric social worker, I love recommending this book to family members. It is my #1 favorite for learning how to relate with something as challenging as dementia. With the use of the acronym DANCE, the author does a marvellous job of putting forth the key points for building understanding and compassion and thus makes this difficult task workable.


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