Learning to Speak Alzheimer's A Groundbreaking Approach for Everyone Dealing with the Disease

ISBN-10: 0618485171
ISBN-13: 9780618485178
Edition: 2004
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Book details

List price: $14.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 9/8/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

More than four million Americans suffer from Alzheimers, and as many as twenty million have close relatives or friends with the disease. Revolutionizing the way we perceive and live with Alzheimers, Joanne Koenig Coste offers a practical approach to the emotional well-being of both patients and caregivers that emphasizes relating to patients in their own reality. Her accessible and comprehensive method, which she calls habilitation, works to enhance communication between carepartners and patients and has proven successful with thousands of people living with dementia. Learning to Speak Alzheimers also offers hundreds of practical tips, including how to · cope with the diagnosis and adjust to the diseases progression · help the patient talk about the illness · face the issue of driving · make meals and bath times as pleasant as possible · adjust room design for the patients comfort · deal with wandering, paranoia, and aggression

Foreword
Learning about Alzheimer's
The Ticking Meter
Seeking a Correct Diagnosis
What to Expect: Making the First Decisions
Habilitation, the New Approach
Seeing the World from the Patient's Perspective
The Five Tenets of Habilitation
Tenet #1: Make the Physical Environment Work
Tenet #2: Know That Communication Remains Possible
Tenet #3: Focus on Remaining Skills
Tenet #4: Live in the Patient's World: Behavioral Changes
Tenet #5: Enrich the Patient's Life
Beyond Habilitation
Caring for the Care Partner
Receiving Home Care
Receiving Care Outside of a Family Home
Inspiration
Glossary
Good Food for People with Alzheimer's
Further Resources
Index

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