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Living in the Moment: A Guide to Overcoming Challenges and Finding Moments of Joy in Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias

Living in the Moment: A Guide to Overcoming Challenges and Finding Moments of Joy in Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias

An invaluable, comprehensive guide that explains everything you and your family need to know about living well with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

A loved one’s dementia diagnosis can leave you feeling scared and overwhelmed. Now a renowned geriatrician who has helped thousands of families live happy, engaged lives—after a dementia diagnosis—shares her expertise in this easy-to-follow guide.

Filled with must-have information, practical advice, and unique and comforting insights, here is everything you need to know about caring for your loved one and making his or her life the best possible—starting now, even as the disease progresses. Inside, you’ll find:

  • How to create a plan of action for today—and tomorrow—that will help all involved cope with this new normal.
  • How to keep your vulnerable loved one safe and secure—both physically and financially Lifestyle changes, innovative new activities, and holistic interventions that can slow the progression of dementia.
  • Comprehensive information on both prescription and OTC medications that can help or hurt dementia patients.
  • Dealing with day-to-day challenges, from staying mobile to overcoming agitation and aggression without resorting to sedation.
  • How and where to get help, including online support groups, home health care agencies, care managers, neuropsychologists, communities and day programs for people with dementia, and government agencies.
  • Tips on keeping your loved one at home versus placement.

In addition to all the essential advice, Dr. Landsverk demystifies the ins and outs of dementia, explaining what it is and what it’s not, making sure you and your loved one will be ready to address whatever develops and maintain quality of life. Uniquely, Living in the Moment will transform how you think about dementia, providing comfort and support for the best life possible—at any stage.

Introduction

Chapter 1. First Things First

Chapter 2. Living in the Moment

Chapter 3. Why You Need to Act

Chapter 4. Defining the Goals of Care

Chapter 5. Getting a Formal Diagnosis

Chapter 6. Treatment: The Standard of Care

Chapter 7. Dementia and Behavioral Problems

Chapter 8. Treating Challenging Behavior with Medication

Chapter 9. Living with Dementia: Coping Day-to-Day

Chapter 10. Getting Help: Options for Families

Chapter 11. Getting Help: Long-Term Care Alternatives

Chapter 12. Legal Matters: Protecting Your Loved One

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