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Caregiving for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders

Research • Practice • Policy

  • Steven H. Zarit
  • Ronda C. Talley
  • Explores developmentally appropriate long-term care for people with Alzheimer’s?

  • Examines the physical demands and emotional needs of family members and professionals caring for individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease

  • Discusses the importance of early diagnosis and family dynamics on AD management

  • Examines legal and ethical issues for caregivers

  • Discusses the economics of caring for individuals with AD?


Part of the Caregiving: Research • Practice • Policy book series (CARE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxviii
  2. Issues Affecting the Care Triad

  3. Issues in Providing Quality Care

  4. Cross-Cutting Issues Impacting Caregivers and Caregiving

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 203-207

About this book


Assisting someone with Alzheimer’s disease or another illness that causes dementia is incredibly demanding and stressful for the family. Like many disabling conditions, Alzheimer’s disease leads to difficulty or inability to carry out common activities of daily life, and so family members take over a variety of tasks ranging from managing the person’s finances to helping with intimate activities such as bathing and dressing.

Key coverage in Caregiving for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders includes:

  • Early diagnosis and family dynamics
  • Emotional needs of caregivers
  • Developmentally appropriate long-term care for people with Alzheimer’s
  • Family caregivers as members of the Alzheimer’s treatment Team
  • Legal and ethical issues for caregivers
  • Faith and spirituality
  • The economics of caring for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease
  • Cultural, racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic issues of minority caregivers
  • Advances in Alzheimer’s disease research

Caregiving for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders offers a wealth of insights and ideas for researchers, practitioners, and graduate students across the caregiving fields, including psychology, social work, public health, geriatrics and gerontology, and medicine as well as public and education policy makers.


Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiving Alzheimer’s treatment team Care Triad Developmentally appropriate care for people with AD Early Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease Education, training, and support programs for Alzheimer’s

Editors and affiliations

  • Steven H. Zarit
    • 1
  • Ronda C. Talley
    • 2
  1. 1., Dept. Human DevelopmentPennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA
  2. 2.Western Kentucky UniversityBowling GreenUSA

About the editors

Steven H. Zarit, PhD, is Professor and Head of the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Pennsylvania State University, and is also Adjunct Professor at the Institute of Gerontology, Jönköping University, Jönköping, Sweden. He has conducted research on late-life issues, particularly family caregiving and adaptation for older adults. Dr. Zarit is a recipient of the Distinguished Career Contribution Award from the Gerontological Society of America.

Ronda C. Talley, PhD, MPH, is  Professor of Psychology at Western Kentucky University. Her prior work experience includes providing leadership on caregiving issues and organizational development as Executive Director of the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving; working with national government groups to promote caregiving issues as Associate Director of Legislation, Policy, and Planning/Health Scientist for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; and promoting the science and practice of psychology in the schools as Associate Executive Director of Education and Director of School Policy and Practice at the American Psychological Association. Dr. Talley, as Adjunct Associate Professor,  taught ethics and legal issues in school psychology at the University of Maryland, College Park.Dr. Talley received the Outstanding Alumni Award from Indiana University and the Jack Bardon Distinguished Service Award from the Division of School Psychology of the American Psychological Association. She serves on the national board of the American Association of Caregiving Youth and is a member of the Indiana University School of Education National Board of Visitors.

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