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Alzheimer's A Caregivers Guide and Sourcebook

ISBN-10: 0471379670
ISBN-13: 9780471379676
Edition: 3rd 2001 (Revised)
Authors: Howard Gruetzner
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Description: A warm, thoughtful guide updated with the latest breakthroughs and treatments This essential sourcebook provides caregivers with a better understanding of the physical effects and behavioral problems associated with Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimer's  More...

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Book details

List price: $17.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/20/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990

A warm, thoughtful guide updated with the latest breakthroughs and treatments This essential sourcebook provides caregivers with a better understanding of the physical effects and behavioral problems associated with Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimer's addresses the concerns of families, friends, and health care professionals about what to expect at each stage of the illness, treatment options, and managing emotions and stress. This updated and revised Third Edition of the national bestseller contains vital information on the latest treatments, including genetic breakthroughs, vaccines, drugs, vitamin and hormone therapies, and more. It includes the most recent international findings on the genetic origins of Alzheimer's and the advantages and disadvantages of genetic testing. And it is packed with all the latest resources and listings of treatment support services for home health care, nursing home placement, treatment financing options, and more. Howard Gruetzner, MEd (Waco, TX), is Director of the Heart of Texas Region Mental Health Mental Retardation Center-Elder Services. He is also the founder of the region's Alzheimer's Family Support Group.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Special Acknowledgment
The Caregiver Experience
What Is Alzheimer's Disease?
A Case History
Early Detection and Treatment
Causes of Disease--Multiple Factors
The Statistics
Symptoms and Phases of Alzheimer's Disease
Symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease
Phases of Alzheimer's Disease
Early Confusional Phase
Late Confusional Phase
Early Dementia
Middle Dementia
Late Dementia
Depression and the Person with Alzheimer's Disease
Risk Factors for Depression
Signs and Symptoms of Depression
Depressive Symptoms and Disorders
Causes of Depression with Alzheimer's Disease
Treatment for Depression
Grief and Coping
Possible Causes of Alzheimer's Disease
What Does Not Cause Alzheimer's
The Genetic Theory
The Viral Theory
The Immune System Theory
The Aluminum Theory
Psychosocial Factors and Dementia
Six Common Myths About Alzheimer's
Alzheimer's Symptoms Are a Normal Sign of Old Age
Senility Is the Usual Cause of Problems in Old Age
Nothing Can Be Done for the Person with Alzheimer's
Alzheimer's Is Strictly a Mental Illness
Only the Family Should Care for the Person with Alzheimer's
All Relatives of People with Alzheimer's Are Likely to Inherit the Disease
Coping: A Step-by-Step Guide to the Caregiver's Experience
A Hypothetical Case History
Noticing Initial Symptoms
Confirming Suspicions
Seeking Information
Taking Action
Weighing Findings
Identifying Resources
Planning Care
Managing Caregiver Stress
From Family Care to Alzheimer's Care: Preparing for Caregiving
Differences in Alzheimer's Caregiving and Traditional Family Care
Coping with Problems Common to Chronic Disease
Motivations for Helping
Understanding Behavioral Changes
Early Threats to Who We Are
The Impact of Losses on Relating
Attempts to Understand Behavior
Revising Your Expectations
Questioning Old Beliefs About Behavior
Emotions and Alzheimer's Behavior
Emotional and Behavioral Communication
Behavior and Stress
Catastrophic Reactions
Excess Disability
Summary
Stages of Family Adjustment
Accepting the Disease
Denial
Overinvolvement
Anger
Guilt
Acceptance
Family Responses to Care
Need for Family Support
Compatible vs. Conflictual Families
New Views of Parent
Cohesive vs. Fragmented Families
Productive vs. Nonproductive Families
Fragile vs. Stable Families
Family Roles and Rules
Family Roles During Crisis
Caregivers and Caregiving
Values, Beliefs, and the Caregiver Experience
Expectations Influence Our Feelings and Reactions
How to Respond Positively to Alzheimer's Behaviors
Depression and the Alzheimer's Caregiver
How Common Is Caregiver Depression?
Reasons We Fail to Recognize Depression
Depressive Disorders
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Risk Factors for Caregiver Depression
Coping with Ongoing Caregiver Stress
Learning to Analyze and Manage Change
Stressors, Stress, and Coping
Responding to Thoughts and Stressors
Stress and Self-Talk
Irrational Beliefs Cause Stress
Coping Model
Different Types of Stress
Manifestations of Stress
Coping Examples
Coping Approaches for Different Stressors
Twelve Steps for Caregivers
Exploring Community Resources
Drawing upon Community Resources Reduces Strain on the Caregiver
Community Resources for Alzheimer's Care
Considerations for Nursing Home Care
Final Resource Considerations
Research and Treatment
Abnormal Changes in the Brain
Physical Changes in the Brain
Anatomy of the Brain
Neurofibrillary Tangles
Senile or Neuritic Plaques
Granulovacuolar Degeneration
Hirano Bodies
Congophilic Angiopathy
Chemical Changes in the Brain
More About Brain Anatomy
The Cholinergic System
The Serotonergic System
The Noradrenergic System
Somatostatin
The Glutaminergic System
Treating Neurotransmitter Deficiencies
Summary
Treatment Possibilities
Role of Drugs in Alzheimer's Treatment
Should You Participate in Drug Research Study?
Inconsistencies in Drug Studies
Cholinergic Agents
Available Cholinesterase Inhibitors
Cholinergic Receptor Agonists
Naloxone and Naltrexone
Vasodilators and Nootropic Agents
Neuropeptides
Psychostimulants
Glutaminergic Agents
Combination Drug Studies
Estrogen, Anti-Inflammatory Agents, and Antioxidants
Statins
Neuronal Transplants
Psychiatric Medications and Dementia
Side Effects
Major Tranquilizers (Neuroleptics or Antipsychotics)
Minor Tranquilizers
Antidepressants
Summary
An Afterword
Worksheets
Self-Help Groups and Organizations That Can Help
Internet and World Wide Web Resources
Bibliography
Index

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