MCI and Alzheimer's Dementia: Clinical Essentials for Assessment and Treatment of Cognitive-Communication Disorders was written by individuals dedicated to studying the cognitive-communication disorders of dementia and who have developed standardized tests used extensively by SLPs. It is a must-have for clinicians and students who work with patients with MCI or Alzheimer's disease and is the ideal choice for instructors who teach adult language disorders courses, particularly those that focus on cognitive-communication disorders of adults with dementia.
Family caregivers are those who provide continuous, unpaid care to family members and friends who are unable to care for themselves. Caregivers can be trained by speech-language pathologists and audiologist to augment goals established to remediate communication disorders and can be instrumental in motivating clients to complete a program of therapy. However, family caregivers are themselves vulnerable to a number of debilitating conditions as a result of the physical and emotional toll that daily caregiving can take. The stressors are well documented, including the development of chronic diseases, premature death, fatigue, and depression. In addition, caregivers and their coping styles differ according to cultural expectations, and these differences are described in detail here. Supporting Family Caregivers of Adults With Communication Disorders is needed as a resource for clinicians who provide education and counseling to adult patients and their families.
* Detailed description of stressors that affect family caregivers
* Questionnaires and survey instruments to help clinicians recognize the signs of caregiver fatigue and distress
* Resource information to support caregivers and engage them in the goals and objectives of intervention
* Information on caregiver resources that specialize in support areas such as transportation to and from the clinic, financial literacy, respite care, meals, end of life care, advance directives, and home health services
From the co-director of Johns Hopkins University's neuropsychiatry clinic and senior faculty member at the Copper Ridge Institute comes the first pocket-sized reference for generalist nurses on care for patients with dementia, one of the most emotionally-trying disorders they will face in clinical practice.
Part of McGraw-Hill's Nurse to Nurse series, this title includes PDA download of the entire text, vignettes, nursing alerts that provide just-in-time information on complex or particularly important aspects of patient care, and Therapeutic Dialogue Boxes that provide nurses with specific communication solutions for both patients and their families. Coated flex-binding repels stains.
The new Nurse to Nurse series is specifically designed to simulate the teaching experience nurses learn best from: trusted mentors carefully explaining what they must do in specific clinical situtions. Written in a consistent, single-author voice, this series brings the wisdom and experience of some of the foremost experts to non-specialist nurses in clinical care.
The uniqueness of the book is the focus on applied practice and functional applications. While other books present theory and structure of therapeutic approaches, Here's How to Do Stuttering Therapy offers a hands-on, eclectic approach centered on the needs of the client, rather than the structure of any specific treatment program.
You are probably wondering:
- When the condition would start to impact and change your loved one's life?
- How much time would it be before your loved one is no longer able to recognize you?
- Is full-time care needed? Or would your loved one be able to live on their own?
- Would the Alzheimer's cause your loved one to die earlier than normal?
Of course you want the best for your family, and would like to help your loved one and your family cope with this life changing situation as best as possible. "Alzheimer's Care" can help. It will teach you everything you need to know about the signs & symptoms of Alzheimer's disease, how to deal with your emotions, family life, caregiving, and more.
Here are just some of the things you will discover in this book:
- What are the early signs of Alzheimer's dementia?
- What are the 7 stages of Alzheimer's disease?
- Important safety issues in the care of Alzheimer's patients.
- How to help Alzheimer's patient keep their memories for as long as possible?
- What are the feeding & nutrition requirements for someone with Alzheimer's?
- How to make eating pleasurable?
- Ways to minimize the stress and frustration of family members.
- Questions you must ask before selecting a nursing home for long-term care facility for your loved one.
- Simple techniques for communicating with Alzheimer's patient without getting frustrated.
- How to effectively deal with behavioral problems?
- How to improve the quality of life for your loved one?
- How to take care of yourself, reduce stress, & prevent burn-out as a caregiver?
- And much more...
This how-to resource provides specific techniques and guidelines designed to:Help therapists provide specific guidelines for parents new to early interventionExplore how parent-child interaction is impacted by a delay or disorder in communication skillsReview the grieving process and how it relates to parents of children with developmental delays and disorders, including autismReview and blend developmental and behavioral theories as applicable to early interventionDiscuss the application of evidenced based practices into everyday treatmentDevelop parental sense of competency by building effective interactionProvide specific strategies for parents and therapists to develop functional communication through direct and indirect play, gestures, modified signs, andsound imitationReview effective data tracking and methods of recording progressHelp therapists work with families as they transition out of the early intervention system
Dr. Eric Pfeiffer, a physician who has devoted thirty years to patients suffering from all forms of dementia, here distills the wisdom of those years for the benefit of caregivers confronting some of life’s most challenging days. Dr. Pfeiffer’s genuine compassion and wise advice are certain not only to reduce caregiver stress but also to improve the patient’s quality of life.
In these pages are specific tips for all stages of caregiving, from the initial realization of the problem through mild, moderate, and severe stages of dementia, and even beyond, when a caregiver begins to resume a full life after the patient’s death. Dr. Pfeiffer identifies specific problems and provides practical solutions. He explains the importance of support groups and many other means of dealing with stressful days. For experienced caregivers and those new to the challenges, this book will be a profoundly useful guide to coping successfully.
The book presents specific care strategies for all stages of dementia and emphasizes relatively simple interventions that nurses can incorporate into their care plans to prevent problems or address them before they escalate. The guide distinguishes between dementia and conditions that mimic dementia, discusses issues related to specific care settings, presents person-centered strategies for families and care partners, and covers the assessment and management of pain, safety concerns, communication strategies, and ethical and legal issues. It additionally provides numerous resources that nurses can offer to caregivers. Fast Facts for Dementia Care will serve as a daily companion for all clinical nurses who work with older patients in any setting, including the emergency room, medical-surgical unit, medical office, and community mental health settings.Key Features:
Easy to use and carry in all patient settingsProvides communication techniques for different stages of dementiaDescribes numerous interventions for addressing issues such as pain, safety, behaviours, and ADLsIncludes the ìFast Facts in a Nutshellî feature for quick referenceIllustrates content with case vignettes
By applying the Selective Optimization with Compensation (SOC) model to various care settings, the editors are able to examine current LTC practices and existing psychosocial issues confronting older LTC patients; either support or challenge them; and offer suggestions and strategies, such as Cognitive Behavior Therapy, for improving the LTC system and residents' physical, psychological, emotional, and social health.
This book provides insight on the psychological issues facing long-term care residents for a plethora of health care professionals, including:
Physicians and geriatricians who care for older adults in the LTC system Nurses and geriatric nurse specialists Social workers Activity coordinators Physical, occupational, and speech therapists within an LTC setting who are seeking ways to explain behavior and empower the residents they care for Psychologists and psychiatrists whose practice focuses on older adults