Allie Learns About Alzheimer’s Disease: A Family Story about Love, Patience and Acceptance. Kim Gosselin, 2001, JayJo Books, L.L.C., 800-999-6884, www.jayjo.com. $14.95. Written for children five and older, this book presents the story of Allie, whose grandmother is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and comes to live with the family. The book describes the common symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease in an understandable way for young people. It also explores Allie’s feelings of sadness because her grandmother has changed.
A New Look at Community-Based Respite Programs: Utilization, Satisfaction, and Development, Rhonda J.V. Montgomery, Ph.D. (Ed.), (2002), The Haworth Press, Inc., 10 Alice Street, Binghampton, NY 13904 – 1580, (800)-HAWORTH, www.HaworthPress.com. An evaluation of the Alzheimer’s Disease Demonstration Grants to States Program (ADDGS), which offer respite to caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s disease. The ADDGS provided a range of respite services, including in-home respite, mobile respite and adult daycare, to an ethnically diverse range of caregivers in eleven states. Findings include: overall caregiver satisfaction with the services was high, with 68% of caregivers giving the services the highest rating. An especially interesting chapter explores patterns of respite use and shows that there are significant variation by gender and race and that the overall duration of respite service use was only 10 months.
Dealing with Physical Aggression in Caregiving: Physical and Non-Physical Interventions. Terra Nova Films, Inc., (800) 779-8491 or at www.terranova.org. Cost to purchase: $249.00, rental: $79.00. This video series, aimed at paraprofessional caregivers in residential facilities, provides comprehensive training on non-physical and physical responses to acts of physical aggression in facilities. The training module includes three 22-minute videos and a 27-page workbook. The videos clearly dramatize physical techniques that can prevent injury to residents and staff when responding to grabbing, punching and hair pulling. Also depicted: how staff, working together, can intervene when two residents are fighting. The materials provide a basis to understand the actions of confused, fearful and agitated residents with dementia and offers helpful suggestions for preventing the onset and escalation of aggressive behavior. It also establishes the need for a planned and unified response effort to ensure the ongoing safety of residents and staff.
The Complete Legal Guide To Senior Care: Making Sense of the Residential, Financial and Medical Maze, Brette McWhorter Sember, (2003), Sphinx Publishing, (630) 961-3900, www.SphinxLegal.com. Written by an attorney with personal experience in eldercare issues, this guide is geared towards adult children caring for aging parents but is equally pertinent to other family caregivers dealing with eldercare issues. The book is comprehensive in nature, covering medical and housing issues in addition to legal concerns. Especially useful are the various checklists and the addition of Nursing Home Residents’ Rights in the U.S. in the Appendices.
The Book of Choices: A Treasury of Insights for Personal and Professional Growth, Mike Magee, MD, (2002), Spencer Books, New York, NY, $23.95. The book can also be ordered through the author at (800) 774-3313 or www.positiveprofiles.com. Written by a doctor who focuses on good communication between physicians and patients, this small book captures insightful quotes from a range of personalities, from Woody Allen to Plato. Encouraging, optimistic and helpful, this book provides wisdom and enlightenment for caregivers or anyone dealing with life’s many challenges.
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