Caring for a Loved One with Alzheimer's Disease: A Christian Perspective

Routledge, 23 2015 - 166
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Clarify your thinking on an issue that can tear families apart!

Caring for a Loved One with Alzheimers Disease: A Christian Perspective is the touching story of a womans daily struggles as a caregiver to her mother who suffers from Alzheimers disease. Youll learn how Gods presence in her life has helped her. You will also find practical day-to-day tips for living with a loved one suffering from senile dementia and how your spirituality can make the journey easier for both of you. This important guide provides an honest description of the emotions you may be forced to come to terms with while dealing with a loved one or parishioner with Alzheimers disease and how Gods presence in your life can help lift that burden.

Caring for a Loved One with Alzheimers Disease gives you firsthand accounts of the stages of pain, despair, acceptance, and victory that you may experience while caring for someone with Alzheimers to let you know that what you are feeling is normal and that God will help you overcome these challenges. Alzheimers disease often goes undetected until its later stages. This informative book renders a clear description of the disease, alerting you to the known warning signs of dementia, and preparing you for the possibility of such a diagnosis.

Caring for a Loved One with Alzheimers Disease is filled with tips and suggestions to make caring for your loved one easier for both of you, such as:
  • learning to separate the person from the disease
  • researching the disease and keeping informed about every aspect of this progressive and irreversible neurological disorder
  • realizing that you need emotional support and should seek help from your pastor, church care group, or best friend
  • discovering how having power of attorney and creating a living will can prevent many problems in the future
  • understanding that to care for your loved one at home is challenging and that taking simple steps, such as baby-proofing your house, will prevent traumatic disasters
  • turning your anger and guilt to positive energy and avoiding emotional drain and strain

    This unique book offers you solace amidst the turbulence of caring for someone stricken with this difficult condition. Caring for a Loved One with Alzheimers Disease provides an open and honest description of how faith can comfort and support you and your family while you care for someone with dementia.

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This book has dealt with issues I have with my spouse. I highly recommend this as part of your support system

The Reason for It All
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Chapter 1 Faith in Spite of Fear
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Chapter 2 Caring for Your Loved OneLegally
13
Chapter 3 Surviving the Diagnosis
17
Stage One
23
Chapter 5 Giving Up
27
When Nasty Creeps into Your Life
35
Chapter 7 Agitation Sleep Disturbances and Other Disasters
45
Chapter 15 Support Groups
93
Chapter 16 Survival Pointers for Everyday Life
99
When Black and White Turn Gray
107
Chapter 18 Journeys End
113
Epilogue
117
Closing Thoughts
123
I Heard My Mothers Voice Again
125
I Wonder About Alzheimers
127

Communication Problems
51
Chapter 9 Individual Differences
61
Chapter 10 Fears Phobias Fantasies and Other Foibles
65
Learning to Say No
73
Chapter 12 Taking Care of Yourself
77
Chapter 13 Smoochies Snugglies and Other Warm Fuzzies
83
Stage Two Placement?
87
Waiting
131
Today
135
Fighting Back
137
Final Prayer
141
Recommended Reading
143
Index
145

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 (2015)

Hall is a native of Tennessee. She has been caring for her mother since the onset of aging disabilities, loss of vision, and severe arthritis. She has been involved in family support groups, has spoken on the topic of caregiving, and continues to be an advocate for both the patient and the family suffering the depredations of this dreaded disease.

Harold G. Koenig, MD, is board certified in general psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, and geriatric medicine. A professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and associate professor of medicine at Duke University, he is founder and director of the Center for the Study of Religion/Spirituality and Health at that institution. Dr. Koenig has published extensively in the fields of mental health, geriatrics, and religion.