Courage to care: a caregiver's guide

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Résumé de Courage to care: a caregiver's guide

Alzheimer's disease is often referred to as a family disease because of the constant emotional strain it places on family members as they watch their loved ones slowly slip away. But for those left with caring for their loved ones, the emotional, physical, and financial toll can be enormous-so much so that most caregivers fail to take care of themselves and become depressed, ill and unable to continue their role as caregiver. Courage to Care: A Caregiver's Companion Through the Stages of Alzheimer's helps to ease the burden of those who have accepted this labor of love by providing them with knowledge and coping strategies to make it through each stage of this progressive and complicated disease. The book focuses not only on how to deal with the emotional issues associated with the disease, but provides specific advice on how to make life easier and more enjoyable for both the loved one and the caregiver.

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1.What Is Alzheimer's?

Alois Alzheimer's Discovery. The Continuing Puzzle of Alzheimer's. A Cure in Sight? How This Book Will Help You.



2.When to Worry: The Ten Warning Signs of Alzheimer's.

Warning Sign Number One: Difficulty with Familiar Tasks. Warning Sign Number Two: Slipping Job Performance. Warning Sign Number Three: Language Difficulties. Warning Sign Number Four: Confusion of Time and Place. Warning Sign Number Five: Increasingly Poor Judgment. Warning Sign Number Six: Problems with Abstract Thinking. Warning Sign Number Seven: Misplacing Objects. Warning Sign Number Eight: Mood and Behavior Fluctuations. Warning Sign Number Nine: Changes in Personality. Warning Sign Number Ten: Lack of Initiative. The Importance of Early Diagnosis. How Affected People Try to Cope.



3.Why It's Difficult to Diagnose Alzheimer's.

The Causes of Dementia. Other Causes of Dementia. Reversible Dementias. A Diagnosis of Exclusion.



4.The Diagnosis-a Frustrating Ordeal.

Find the Right Doctors. The Medical History and Physical Exam. Mental Status Test. Psychiatric and Neuropsychological Exams. The Possible Results.



5.Dealing with the Bad News.

The Patient's Feelings. Your Feelings. Medical Support for the Patient. Emotional Support for the Patient. Support for You.



6.Plans for the Future.

Financial Plans. Legal Plans. Medical and Nursing Care Plans. Spiritual and Emotional Plans.



7.What to Expect in Stage 1.

Difficulty with Routine Tasks. Increasing Memory Loss. Emotional Changes. Odd and Inappropriate Behavior. Physical Changes.



8.General Guidelines for Caring for Alzheimer's Patients.

Cooperate with the Patient's Wishes. Stick to Daily Schedules. Plan Meaningful Activities. Create a Calm and Stable Environment. Establish Good Verbal and Nonverbal Communication. Stop Blaming.



9.How Do You Survive Stage 1?

When You Are the Patient's Life Partner. When You Are the Patient's Child. Acknowledge Your Feelings. Keep Your Sense of Humor. Ask for Help! Exercise and Eat Well.



10.What to Expect in Stage 2.

Some General Changes. Severe Memory Loss. Difficulty Communicating. Physical Changes. Personality Changes. The Hygiene Nightmare.



11.Dealing with Difficult Behavior.

Repetition. Clinging. Suspiciousness and Paranoia. Rage and Catastrophic Outbursts. Hallucinations or Delusions. Depression. Sexual Behaviors. Sundowning and Sleep Disturbances.



12.How Do You Survive Stage 2?

Expressing Your Emotions. Physical Reactions. When Is It Time to Get Help? Avoiding Isolation.



13.What to Expect in Stage 3.

Severe Intellectual Impairment. Refusal to Eat. Complete Dependency. The Final Months.



14.Medical Care Issues in Stage 3.

Falls. Pressure Sores. Dental Problems. Vision and Hearing Problems. Dehydration. Constipation. Infections and Pneumonia.



15.Before Death Comes.

Medical Intervention. Where Will the Patient Die? The Last Moments. After-Death Decisions.



16.How Do You Survive Stage 3?

Are You Ready to Let Go? There's Nothing Wrong with Feeling Relief. Guilt, Anger, and Depression. Experiencing Sadness and Grief. Moving On. If You Are Not the Primary Caregiver.



17.Securing Your Home.

General Safety Considerations. Is It Too Clu