A Caregiver's Guide to Dementia
Using Activities and Other Strategies to Prevent, Reduce and Manage Behavioral Symptoms
Laura Gitlin & Catherine Verrier Piersol
This book can be downloaded and read in Apple Books on your Mac or iOS device.
“Mom has nothing to do. I’m concerned about her quality of life.”
“My husband gets agitated when I need to leave the house I don’t know what to do.”
“My father keeps asking the same questions over and over.”
These are some of the common challenges encountered by individuals and families who are caring for a parent, spouse or close relative with dementia. This easy-to-use, practical guide is designed to help at-home caregivers navigate these daily challenges. Although there is no cure for dementia or its many behavioral symptoms, there are clear and proven strategies that can be used to enhance the quality of life for persons diagnosed with dementia--strategies that can make a real difference for their families.
A Caregiver’s Guide to Dementia explores the use of activities and other techniques to prevent, reduce and manage the behavioral symptoms of dementia. Separate sections cover daily activities, effective communication, especially difficult behaviors, and explicit strategies to deal with agitation, repetitive questions, acting-out, wandering, restlessness, hoarding, resistance to care, incontinence, destructiveness, sexually and socially inappropriate acts at home and in public, aggressiveness, depression, sleep disturbances and home safety. Worksheets are provided to help caregivers customize the strategies that work best for them.
The strategies featured in this guide have been used by the authors in their research studies and reflect approaches and techniques that families have found to be most helpful.