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The Emotional Journey Of The Alzheimer S Family

Author: Robert B. Santulli, MD
Publisher: Dartmouth College Press
ISBN: 1611687454
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Alzheimer's disease is a growing public health crisis. According to the Alzheimer's Association, there are 5.4 million victims of this disease; by 2050, there will be close to 15 million people who suffer from this debilitating disorder of memory, thinking, personality, and functioning. The disease profoundly affects immediate family members, close friends, and neighbors. These people - the Alzheimer's family - undergo tremendous psychological and emotional change as they witness the cruel and relentless progression of the disease in their loved one. Incorporating over thirty years of experience with Alzheimer's patients and their families with current medical knowledge, the authors chart the complex emotional journey of the Alzheimer's family from the onset of the disease through the death of the loved one. They discuss the anger that rises in the face of discordant views of the disease, the defenses that emerge when family members are unwilling to accept a dementia diagnosis, and the common emotions of anxiety, guilt, anger, and shame. They focus especially on grief as the core response to losing a loved one to dementia, and describe the difficult processes of adaptation and acceptance, which lead to personal growth. Final chapters emphasize the importance of establishing a care community and how to understand and cope with personal stress. This volume will be useful to medical professionals and ordinary people close to or caring for a person with dementia.

A Families Journey With Alzheimer S Disease

Author: Bob Sh'mal Ellenberg
Publisher: Balboa Press
ISBN: 1982222018
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The book is about the author and his father who had Alzheimer’s disease. Because of the author’s experience with people with AD, he knew he could care of his father. There was family conflict since the author’s mother did not want her husband to live to far from her. The son showed complete compassion for both this parents, finally agreeing on an assisted living facility. The author discusses the many trips he took to visit his father and his mother who was still living in their condo. The author’s mother was a very conflicted woman who was adamant about all she believed but sadly was, obviously at times, confused. There were many quarrels between the mother and son. After twelve months in assisted living, the author brought his father to his home. The son wanted to do his best once his father was in his home, but having three young children living with him and working full time in a hospital as a social worker, none of it was easy. The author concludes this trying, emotional story with a trip to Denver, Colorado. Before the author leaves, two women friends did a shamanic ritual with him, telling him he has to visit Crestone, Colorado. This visit becomes an unexpected mystical retreat for the author that also proved to have a bonded connection with his father.

Coming Of Age In Films

Author: Mario Garrett
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
ISBN: 1527528367
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The story of films is the story of human development. From the very first story that defined the birth of our civilization—the Sumerian Epic of Gilgamesh, a story of immortality, aging and death—comes a tale of why we age. We are a species of storytellers. The stories we tell to each other define who we are. However, since we are living in a world marked by age apartheid, our interaction with people across different generations is becoming more limited. As a result, the information we gain about older people comes mostly from secondary sources. For the general public, films remain the most accessible form of information regarding getting older. From the early exposure of cartoons to more elaborate dramas, our knowledge of what it means to become old relies on our exposure to films. This volume provides insight into how accurate these representations are in line with current knowledge that we have about aging and older adults. Arguing that films present a simplified view of aging, this analysis relies on scientific evidence to explore why and how such stereotypes affect us. Stereotypes have the ability of being internalized and becoming prescriptive of our behavior. Numerous studies have attempted different ways of understanding the impact films have on aging. Theories as seemingly disparate as feminism and disability have contributed to our understanding of how stereotypes influence our aging process. This text builds upon this knowledge and provides new insights by applying current gerontological knowledge—the science of aging—to unpack and analyze the images of aging that films are providing. By readdressing this focus on gerontological theories—as diverse as biology and psychology—the book readdresses an overlooked approach.

My Ladybug S Alzheimer S Journey

Author: R.D.Carter
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 1450279023
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My Ladybug’s Alzheimer’s Journey is about the disease that seemed too far removed to imagine it affecting the most important person in my life, my mother. My assumptions changed drastically when Alzheimer took over my mother’s existence in all phases of her life. My hope for help from the medical profession hit rock bottom when they informed me, “There is no cure for the disease.” It was even more agonizing when I watched my mother mysteriously drifting away from me, disappearing into a world of disorientation and delirium. I became a stranger to my own mother. Near the end, there was a paradoxical shift when I became the mother and my mother became my child. My Ladybug’s Alzheimer’s Journey chronicles the grueling challenges in the relationship between a mother and daughter that revolved within complex behaviors and grief of losing a living mother to a life destroyed by Alzheimer’s Disease. Hopefully readers will join the journey where loved ones can walk together and reach a goal of empathy and understanding. Ultimately, the final aim is to help family members find ways of coping with the many faces of this life damaging disease; Alzheimer.


Author: Kae Hammond
Publisher: Kae Hammond
ISBN: 1432781286
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Possibly the best rescue plan you've ever read.If you are caring for someone with Alzheimers Disease or Related Dementias,PathwaysPathwaysPathways"You have straightened out the curves and turns and false roads of the family caregiver maze. Accurate, useful, dependable, relevant, and reliable. You have done a yeoman's job and all of us who care for a person with dementia will be better for your efforts. PathwaysContact Us:For more information or immediate assistance, contact us at (877) 699-3456 or visit

Living In My Shadow My Journey With Alzheimer S

Author: Hazel Rae Minnick
Publisher: Xulon Press
ISBN: 1619046946
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Bringing a message of Hope for living with Alzheimer's Disease "The Extreme Makeover" "The Unlikely Dancer" "Just Believe In One More Day" Promoting early diagnosis: Treatment with Meds, Coupled with Ballroom Dancing To rehabilitate the mind and body Diagnosed with Alzheimer's at age 53, Everyday I fight a battle to still be me. A battle wages within - a silent predator - The thief of my mind, memory, and me. I am a voice that needs to be heard - A mind that needs to be understood - A disease that needs explanation a cure! "Dancing is Life" states Tony Dovolani - "This is a quote that is a direct parallel to life. It rejuvenates us, keeps us sound, keeps us creating, instead of dying." - quote - Tony Dovolani of Dancing with the Stars World Rhythm Champion Traveling through the Valley of the Shadow of Death - When you hear you are dying, you feel yourself disappearing - just fading away - "There is a Time to Dance!" "God Changed My Mourning into Dancing!" Ballroom Dancing - the Missing Link in My Rehabilitation. "They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength -they shall mount up with wings as eagles" "When You See a Single Bird Soar in Flight - Remember Me!" Living in My Shadow records my personal journals, celebrating my real life with Alzheimer's Disease from 1999 to the present. I want my writings to reflect the Hope I have in my Heavenly Father's plans for me, reflecting His sustaining companionship on this my journey living with Alzheimer's.

Forgetting The Memories

Author: Ph. D. Roy D. Steinberg
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 1449055893
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Alzheimer's is a devastating disease, robbing its victims of so much of themselves before the end. For caregivers facing this disease, a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease can sound like the ultimate tragedy, the disease that will rob us of our loved one by inches. It doesn't have to be. While Alzheimer's and related dementias are serious and not easily understood diseases, a new guide can help families negotiate the difficult scientific, emotional, and practical issues of dealing with the disease. In a moving and easy to read format, Dr. Steinberg has laid out a true caregiver's guide to dealing with Alzheimer's disease, from the first signs to the final stages. Incorporating science, real-life case studies from his practice and from his extensive experience as a nationally recognized seminar speaker, as well as from his personal journey coping with his mother's illness, Dr. Steinberg leads the reader through a learning and healing process. In a candid and personal sharing of his experience, Dr. Steinberg helps the reader clearly understand what to expect, when to ask for help, how to cope with the changes and the inevitable pressures within the family, and how to continue to love as a loved one's disease threatens family stability and well-being. With his profound knowledge of the disease, its treatment and manifestations, and his great love and tenderness as the son of an Alzheimer's patient, Dr. Steinberg has created a truly memorable work.

One Family S Journey Through Alzheimer S

Author: Mary B. Walsh
Publisher: Tyndale House Pub
ISBN: 9780842340953
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Mary B. Walsh and her husband made a promise to his grandmother that she would never be placed in a nursing home. After the family moved to Pennsylvania, she was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, and the family held to its promise of care. Told with humor, love, and compassion, this is the story of how that decision affected the entire family. It is a book that will encourage anyone in a similar situation and show that despite the illness, the rest of life does not stop.

Living With Alzheimer S Disease One Couple S Journey

Author: Frances Siegel
ISBN: 1300701218
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This book is a guidepost for caregivers and families of Alzheimer's patients, an objective but emotion-filled assessment of how to handle life when the one you love the most begins gradually to lose memories and reason, and medical science cannot restore what is lost or offer any cure. The focus is the case of a prominent scholar with dementia and the impact of the illness on his marriage of 40 years. Frances Siegel kept track of her husband's symptoms, the behaviors that showed a slow but accelerating loss of cognitive function. The author offers her journey of adaptation and adjustment to the changes in their lives. Compassion and love alone become the guides of her existence as she grows in understanding. Readers will be moved and guided by her experiences. The foreword is by the Co-Director of the Neuropsychiatric and Memory Group of Johns Hopkins Hospital.