Care Giving for Alzheimer’s Disease

A Compassionate Guide for Clinicians and Loved Ones

  • Verna Benner Carson
  • Katherine Johnson Vanderhorst
  • Harold G. Koenig

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Verna Benner Carson, Katherine Johnson Vanderhorst, Harold G. Koenig
    Pages 1-9
  3. Verna Benner Carson, Katherine Johnson Vanderhorst, Harold G. Koenig
    Pages 11-20
  4. Verna Benner Carson, Katherine Johnson Vanderhorst, Harold G. Koenig
    Pages 21-32
  5. Verna Benner Carson, Katherine Johnson Vanderhorst, Harold G. Koenig
    Pages 33-42
  6. Verna Benner Carson, Katherine Johnson Vanderhorst, Harold G. Koenig
    Pages 43-50
  7. Verna Benner Carson, Katherine Johnson Vanderhorst, Harold G. Koenig
    Pages 51-61
  8. Verna Benner Carson, Katherine Johnson Vanderhorst, Harold G. Koenig
    Pages 63-73
  9. Verna Benner Carson, Katherine Johnson Vanderhorst, Harold G. Koenig
    Pages 75-85
  10. Verna Benner Carson, Katherine Johnson Vanderhorst, Harold G. Koenig
    Pages 87-93
  11. Verna Benner Carson, Katherine Johnson Vanderhorst, Harold G. Koenig
    Pages 95-111
  12. Verna Benner Carson, Katherine Johnson Vanderhorst, Harold G. Koenig
    Pages 113-117
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 119-130

About this book

Introduction

Veteran clinicians offer a unique framework for understanding the psychological origins of behaviors typical of Alzheimer's and other dementias, and for providing appropriate care for patients as they decline. Guidelines are rooted in the theory of retrogenesis in dementia--that those with the condition regress in stages toward infancy--as well as knowledge of associated brain damage. The objective is to meet patients where they are developmentally to best be able to address the tasks of their daily lives, from eating and toileting to preventing falls and wandering. This accessible information gives readers a platform for creating strategies that are respectful, sensitive, and tailored to individual needs, thus avoiding problems that result when care is ineffective or counterproductive.

 

Featured in the coverage:

 

  • Abilities and disabilities during the different stages of Alzheimer's disease.
  • Strategies for keeping the patient's finances safe.
  • Pain in those with dementia, and why it is frequently ignored.
  • "Help! I've lost my mother and can't find her!"
  • Sexuality and intimacy in persons with dementia.
  • Instructive vignettes of successful caring interventions.

 

Given the projected numbers of individuals expected to develop dementing conditions, Care Giving for Alzheimer’s Disease will find immediate interest among clinical psychologists, health psychologists, psychiatrists, social

workers, and primary care physicians.

Keywords

Alzheimer caregivers Alzheimer patients' fears Alzheimer's disease Caregiver burnout Spiritual concerns of Alzheimer patients theory of retrogenesis

Authors and affiliations

  • Verna Benner Carson
    • 1
  • Katherine Johnson Vanderhorst
    • 2
  • Harold G. Koenig
    • 3
  1. 1.C&V Care Specialists, Inc.FallstonUSA
  2. 2.C&V Care Specialists, Inc.WilliamsvilleUSA
  3. 3.Dept. of Psychiatry Behavioral ScienceDuke University Medical CenterDurhamUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4939-2407-3
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4939-2406-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4939-2407-3
  • About this book