Men as Caregivers: Theory, Research, and Service Implications, Betty J. Kramer and Edward H. Thompson Jr., Eds. (2002), Springer Publishing, New York, NY. Set against a proliferation of research about caregivers, this edited volume attempts to fill a gap in the literature with nearly 400 pages devoted to male caregiving. The book reviews the caregiving literature and methodological issues related to male caregiving, including small sample sizes and primary versus secondary caregiving roles and cites original research studies addressing a wide variety of male caregiving experiences: of sons, husbands, and brothers. The book’s discussion of male caregiving during the AIDS epidemic is a particularly interesting and important issue contribution to the caregiving and gender research arena. The final chapters present implications for service providers wanting to establish programs geared towards male caregivers.
Innovative Interventions to Reduce Dementia Caregiver Distress: A Clinical Guide, David W. Coon, Dolores Gallagher-Thompson, and Larry W. Thompson (Eds.) (2003), Springer Publishing Company, New York, NY. This well-written, comprehensive book examines methodological issues in dementia caregiver research and highlights recent interventions that have had some degree of success in improving the lives of dementia caregivers. The authors raise interesting issues, such as the lack of interventions addressing end-of-life care planning. They also devote a significant portion of the book to discussing interventions for specific caregiving groups; e.g., ethnic minority, LGBT and male caregivers. For practitioners working with dementia caregivers as well as researchers in this field, this guide will be of great value.
Recognizing and Responding to Emotions in Persons with Dementia, Terra Nova Films, Inc. Chicago, IL (800) 779-8491, www.terranova.org, 25 minutes. Purchase: $119.00; Rental: $45.00. This video will be helpful to caregivers and professionals who would like to know more about interpreting the facial expressions and nonverbal gestures of people with dementia. The video is based on research done in a nursing home: hundreds of hours of videotape footage of people with dementia were analyzed to detect patterns and clues to emotions that a person with dementia may not be able to verbally express.
Learning to Speak Alzheimer’s, Joanne Koenig Coste. (2003), Houghton Mifflin, NewYork, NY, www.houghtonmifflinbooks.com. Based on her experience with her middle-aged husband’s Alzheimer’s disease, the author developed her “habilitation” approach to dementia care. Rejecting the notion that people with dementia should solely be seen in the context of loss and disability, she instead focuses on the abilities that remain in a person with dementia. Her approach is based on five tenets, methods care partners (her term for caregivers) can use to enrich the life of the person with dementia and honor the skills and abilities they
Elder Parent Care: The Family Meeting, (1996) Terra Nova Films, Inc., Chicago, IL (800) 779-8491, www.terranova.org. This thirty-minute video enacts one family’s experience bringing together reluctant family members and friends to resolve an elder care situation. A panel of three caregiving experts use the enactment to discuss important aspects of family meetings, including how to get everyone there, how to deal with unhelpful family members, and how to structure the meeting so that the goal can be reached. This video is skillfully produced and presents this important information in an engaging manner.
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