When a senior loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, it’s likely a caregiver’s first experience with the illness. Educational resources will prove invaluable in understanding the illness and learning how to best treat a senior loved one with the disease. Here are a few favorite reads from the dedicated staff at Home Care Assistance Columbus.
Mayo Clinic Guide to Alzheimer’s disease: The Essential Resource for Treatment, Coping and Caregiving
Mayo Clinic, 2006
Published by one of the top medical clinics in the world and written for individuals lacking medical training, this book is easy to understand and doesn’t burden the reader with complicated technical terms.
The Mayo Clinic Guide discusses the differences between Alzheimer’s and dementia, initial symptoms of AD, and the various stages of the disease. A popular feature is the Action Guide, which provides caregiving plans and ideas.
Creating Moments of Joy for the Person with Alzheimer’s or Dementia
Jolene Brackley, 2008
Moments of Joy was written by the activity director of an Alzheimer’s special care unit. It provides practical advice on improving the mental quality of life for a senior with Alzheimer’s by creating a series of small, happy memories.
Alzheimer’s Early Stages: First Steps for Family, Friends and Caregivers
Daniel Kuhn, 2003
As the title states, the book focuses on the first stages of Alzheimer’s. For family and friends, the onset of AD is often the most trying stage. A senior’s lucidity may be sporadic, and this may be the family’s first experience with the disease.
There are many explanations of what to look for, what to expect, and problem solving suggestions. Most importantly, there is a good deal of advice for the mental wellbeing of Alzheimer’s caregivers themselves, an often-neglected part of action plans.
Always My Grandpa: A Story for Children About Alzheimer’s disease
Linda Scacco, 2005
Often forgotten when planning for and treating AD is the effect it may have on minor children who have a grandparent, aunt, uncle or family friend living with Alzheimer’s. The basic premise involves a boy named Daniel. He and his mother stay with her father in his summer home his first year after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Encourage children to ask questions and discuss parts of the book as it’s being read.
If your loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and you’re unsure what comes next, know that help is available. Home Care Assistance is a leading provider of hourly and live-in home care in Columbus, ideal for seniors who require 24/7 safety monitoring. All of our caregivers are experienced and trained, have excellent references, and pass an extensive background check. We also offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee and never require clients to sign long-term contracts. For more information, please call a Care Manager at (614) 481-8888.