At Wit's End: Plain Talk on Alzheimer's for Families and Clinicians

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Purdue University Press, 2006 - Health & Fitness - 193 pages
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:At Wit's End is a simple, straightforward, and easy-to-read summary about Alzheimer's as a disease and condition, written without technical jargon or impractical detail. Many books delve into other areas of Alzheimer's, emphasizing the financial, legal, and treatment needs of the afflicted. At Wit's End is unique because it not only explains the psychiatric and psychological aspects of Alzheimer's, but it also helps family members and caregivers discover a wealth of effective interventions. Kraus focuses on the whole person and his/her social, psychological, physical, and spiritual life. In this book, find out how Alzheimer's can be distinguished from normal aging and other diseases that mimic its symptoms, including the wide array of associated behaviors. Also, find out what medical treatments are available, both traditional and alternative. At Wit's End gives families and caregivers a new outlook on Alzheimer's.
 

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Contents

The Basics
3
Normal Aging
11
Alzheimers is a Type of Dementia
17
Evidence of Alzheimers
29
Distinguishing Between Delirium Alzheimers and Other Dementias
41
Two Case Studies Applying the Basics
49
This Person I Used to Know Measuring the Status of Mental Functioning in Alzheimers
57
Measuring Alzheimers in Action
65
What to Do about Aggressive Behavior
147
Effective Uses of Psychological Interventions in LongTerm Care Facilities
151
Additional Tables and Figures
153
Table 2 Distinctions between Alzheimers and Delirium
154
Table 3 How Clinicians Can Differentiate between Alzheimers Disease and Vascular Dementia
155
Table 4 Distinctions between Cortical and Subcortical Dementia
156
Table 5 The Standard Comprehensive Workup for Delirium and Alzheimers Dementia
157
Table 6 Categories of the Full Mental Status Exam
159

The Question of Competence
73
Geriatric Depression and Alzheimers
83
I Know She Has Alzheimers But Why Is She Acting Like This? Recognizing Psychotic Symptoms in Alzheimers
89
Treatment of Alzheimers with Medicines
97
Changing the Persons Surroundings
113
Talking to People with Alzheimers
121
Preventive Activities for Ourselves and Others Lowering Our Odds of Getting Alzheimers
137
Additional Resources and Information on Alzheimers Dementia
143
Table 7 The Hopkins Competency Assessment Test
160
Table 8 The Cornell Scale for Depression in Dementia
161
Alzheimers Disease from Dementia Syndrome of Depression
163
Notes
165
References
179
Index
187
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George Kraus is a psychologist specializing in the care of the elderly, especially those suffering from Alzheimer's and other dementias. He is on the faculty of the School of Professional Psychology at Wright State University (Dayton, Ohio) and on staff in the Department of Behavioral Science at Green Memorial Hospital (Xenia, Ohio). He has published in a variety of professional journals including Clinical Psychology Review, Small Group Research, Psychological Reports, and Small Group Behavior.

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