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Aging and Dementia Course Essentials

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The 36 Hour DayThe 36 Hour Day, 6th Edition

Nancy L. Mace, MA, and Peter V. Rabins, MD, MPH

Through five editions, and over 3 million copies sold worldwide, The 36-Hour Day has been an essential resource for families who love and care for people with Alzheimer disease. Whether a person has Alzheimer disease or another form of dementia, he or she will face a host of problems. The 36-Hour Day will help family members and caregivers address these challenges and simultaneously cope with their own emotions and needs. The central idea underlying the book—that much can be done to improve the lives of people with dementia and of those caring for them—remains the same. The 36-Hour Day is the definitive dementia care guide.

                                       "Both a guide and a legend." -Chicago Tribune

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Making Tough Decisions about End-of-Life Care in Dementia

Anne Kenny, MD

In Making Tough Decisions about End-of-Life Care in Dementia, Dr. Anne Kenny, a skilled palliative care physician, describes how to navigate the difficult journey of late-stage dementia with sensitivity, compassion, and common sense. Combining her personal experience caring for a mother with dementia and medical expertise in both dementia and end-of-life care, Dr. Kenny helps the reader prepare for a family member’s death while managing their own emotional health. Concrete to-do lists and important points provide information at a glance for busy caregivers. Each chapter concludes with additional resources for more information. Making Tough Decisions about End-of-Life Care in Dementia is a lifeline, an invaluable guide to assist in the                                           late stage of dementia.

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A Loving Approach to Dementia CareA Loving Approach to Dementia Care, 2nd Edition

Laura Wayman

A practitioner whose strategies have seen great success in thousands of individual homes and facilities across the country, Wayman explains that denying dementia symptoms can make a hard situation worse and shows how understanding the limits and possibilities of the person who has dementia can make all the difference in the world.  Wayman's practical tips will help you balance your own needs with those of your loved one, creating a more positive experience for everyone. Her true stories of caregiving illustrate the principles of this loving approach, giving readers essential tools for connecting with people who have dementia. A Loving Approach to Dementia Care is an empathetic guide, filled with respect, calm, creativity—and love.

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When Someone You Know is Living in a Dementia Care CommunityWhen Someone You Know Is Living in a Dementia Care Community

Rachael Wonderlin

Writing from her own practice and drawing on the latest research in gerontology and dementia, Wonderlin explains the different kinds of dementia, details the wide range of care communities available for people who have dementia, and speaks empathetically to the worry and guilt many families feel. An indispensable book for family members and friends of people with dementia, When Someone You Know is Living in a Dementia Care Community touches the heart while explaining how to make a difficult situation better.

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                                       Interview with Rachael Wonderlin

Through the SeasonsThrough the Seasons: An Activity Book for Memory-Challenged Adults and Caregivers

Cynthia R. Green, Ph.D., and Joan Beloff, ACC, ALA

Through the Seasons helps family members and caregivers engage memory-challenged adults in simple, enjoyable activities that provide stimulation and enhance communication. Designed by nationally recognized experts in gerontology, geriatrics, and                                                memory enhancement, this workbook provides a scientifically sound, well-developed program that will help family caregivers                                          and professionals maintain and enhance relationships with the persons in their care. Through the Seasons includes an                                                        introduction with instructions for family and professional caregivers.

The New Politics of Old Age PolicyThe New Politics of Old Age Policy, 3rd Edition

edited by Robert B. Hudson

This thoroughly revised edition of Robert B. Hudson’s The New Politics of Old Age Policy explains the politics behind the country’s age-based programs,  describes how those programs work, and assesses how well—or poorly—they meet the changing needs of older Americans. This book presents the most current information on aging in the United States, including in-depth analyses of Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, housing initiatives, the Older Americans Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and tax policy. Detailed new chapters focus on financial security and retirement, diversity and inequality in aging populations, and implications of the Affordable Care Act.

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Living Safely, Aging Well

Dorothy A. Drago, M.P.H.

In Living Safely, Aging Well, nationally recognized safety expert Dorothy A. Drago spells out how to prevent injury while cooking, gardening, sleeping, driving—and just walking around the house. Drago describes the causes of injuries by type—falls, burns, poisoning, and asphyxia—and explains how to decrease the risk of each. She explores the home environment room by room, pointing out potential hazards and explaining how to avoid them. Living Safely, Aging Well pays special attention to hazards encountered by people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. A chapter devoted to health literacy helps people and caregivers make the best use of the medical care system and a chapter on driving helps evaluate when it is                                               no longer safe to be behind the wheel.

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Aging Bones

Gerald N. Grob

In analyzing how the normal aging of bones was transformed into a medical diagnosis requiring treatment, historian of medicine Grob explores developments in medical science as well as the social, intellectual, economic, demographic, and political changes that transformed American society in the post–World War II decades. The fascinating history in Aging Bones will appeal to students and scholars in the history of medicine, health policy, gerontology, endocrinology, and orthopedics, as well as anyone who has been diagnosed with osteoporosis.

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Aging Together

Susan H. McFadden and John T. McFadden

Susan H. McFadden and John T. McFadden propose a radical reconstruction of our societal understanding of old age. Rather than categorizing elders based on their cognitive consciousness, the McFaddens contend that the only humanistic, supportive, and realistic approach is to find new ways to honor and recognize the dignity, worth, and personhood of those journeying into dementia. Drawing on medicine, social science, philosophy, and religion to provide a broad perspective on aging, Aging Together offers a vision of relationships filled with love, joy, and hope in the face of a condition that all too often elicits anxiety, hopelessness, and despair.

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Improving Your Memory, 4th Edition

Janet Fogler and Lynn Stern

University of Michigan social workers Janet Fogler and Lynn Stern have completely updated their friendly and usable guide to memory improvement techniques. Recognizing that people worry something is wrong with them when they forget things, Fogler and Stern suggest that the antidote to worry is taking positive actions to help us remember what we want to remember. Improving Your Memory reinforces memory techniques through real-life examples. This accessible handbook also discusses how memory works; how it changes with age, stress, illness, and depression; and why people remember what they do. Many readers will see immediate improvement in their memory after reading the book.

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