Caring for a person with dementia is a difficult and often overwhelming task. In addition to the inevitable decline in memory and physical function, most persons with dementia develop one or more troublesome behavior problems, such as depression, fearfulness, sleep disturbances, paranoia, or physical aggression at some point in their disease. Behavioural challenges in dementia are highly idiosyncratic; no two patients are alike, and interventions that work well with one person are often ineffective with another. Caregivers often become stuck; either unable to figure out how best to help their loved one, or unable to consistently implement positive practices that they know would improve their situation. This book offers caregivers a set of practical and flexible tools to enable them to become resilient in the face of difficulty and change.
About the Author
Susan M McCurry is Research Professor in the Department of Psychosocial and Community Health and Adjunct Research Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences at the University of Washington. She is also an attending psychologist in the Geriatric and Family Services Clinic in the U.W. Internal Medicine Department.
Table of Contents
The Problem : Dementia Caregiving is Hard!
The Program : Learning the Dementia Dance
The Promise : You Can Do It!
Appendix : Caregiver Resources