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Dementia Essentials

How to Guide a Loved One Through Alzheimer's or Dementia and Provide the Best Care

By Jan Hall

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Format: Paperback, 288 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 02 May 2013
When a loved one has been diagnosed with dementia, many family members assume new roles as carers, helping their relative to remain safe, happy and as independent as possible. Dementia Essentials is a practical, realistic and reassuring guide to help you and the person with dementia on the journey ahead. Written by a real carer with first-hand experience of the challenges dementia poses, the book is full of essential advice, personal insights and helpful strategies, including- Thorough explanations of dementia and Alzheimer s Advice on medication and getting support from local health professionals Ideas for encouraging independence, confidence and activity while reducing anxiety, aggression and confusion Guidance on how to prepare for the future, including legal and financial decisions and choosing a care home Strategies for coping as a family carer, helping you to feel less alone and more empowered Positive and practical, Dementia Essentials will help you provide and find the best possible care for the person you are supporting.

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A warm, practical guide to caring for someone with Alzheimer's or Dementia.

About the Author

Jan Hall is an internationally respected headhunter and the founder of JCA Group, one of the UK s top executive search firms. She has inspired and contributed to government working groups and corporate initiatives on tackling dementia and was closely involved in caring for her mother. Huw Rowley is a law graduate from Oxford and former creative director of a corporate publishing company. He has written extensively and has experience of three family members with dementia.

EAN: 9780091948160
ISBN: 0091948169
Publisher: Vermilion
Dimensions: 21.6 x 13.5 x 2.1 centimetres (0.24 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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This is a fabulous book for Carers and loved ones living with Dementia. The 'Lived Experience' perspective of others provides valuable insight and understanding of this complex and often misunderstood illness. It was particularly helpful reading the insights of others and made me realise I was not the only one who had these experiences which was somewhat of a relief. After reading I felt more connected to my loved one and felt empowered to provide a better level of care to both them and myself. I would encourage everyone to read this book, it is an easy read and can equip you with lifelong skills that will make this journey so much easier.
This book provides a thorough explanation of dementia including the various types of which the most common is Alzheimer's Disease.It also lists the types of medications which are useful & andw here to go to for help & advice.
It covers ideas as to where to go for help & how to encourage & promote independence in your loved one and how to reduce anxiety,agitation,aggression and confusion for all involved.
The author also outlines how to prepare for the future ,covering the legal and financial decisions as well as how to and when to look for on going care in a residential facility as well as looking at the pros and cons of "respite care".
For the carer it also provides some ideas to assist one not to feel so alone and also to empower you to have more control of this life changing and at times soul destroying situation.

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