The Loss of Self: A Family Resource for the Care of Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders

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W. W. Norton & Company, Jan 1, 2001 - Health & Fitness - 461 pages
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This Fully Revised and updated edition provides the latest information on causes, preventative measures, treatments, drugs, and diagnosis. Everything related to the care of the affected person is addressed from cost to stress management. But The Loss of Self goes beyond the biological, medical, and social issues to explore the emotional challenges any person dealing with the disease will experience. The book helps families and patients deal with the terrible reality of this chronic, debilitating disease through the personal stories of others. These deeply moving case studies and anecdotes give hope, dignity, and ideas for solving even the most difficult problems such as sexuality, violence, abuse, family conflict, and death. The Loss of Self is the best book available not only for those suffering from the disease, but for family members wanting to understand how to help a relative and to meet their own needs over the long years of caring.
  

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Contents

Preface
11
Acknowledgments
17
The Loss of Self
21
The Diagnosis of Dementia
38
Reactions to the Diagnosis
68
Setting Goals after the Diagnosis
93
Medications to Cure Alzheimers Disease
131
Drugs Helpful and Harmful
143
Rehabilitation A Focus on Function
280
Choosing a Nursing Home If the Time Comes
300
Death and Dying
322
What Scientists Know about the Causes of Alzheimers Disease
363
The Cost of Caring
389
Selected Readings and Internet Resources
411
National and International Alzheimer Organizations
419
National Organizations on Aging
422

Ways of Caring
170
LongTerm Care at Home
210
Coping with the Stress of Caring
232
Depression Getting the Help You Need
261
Administration on Aging and State Agencies on Aging
429
Index
441
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Cohen is a professor in the Department of Aging and Mental Health at the University of South Florida.

Eisdorfer is professor and chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Miami.

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