James Klagge's Reviews > When Your Loved One Has Dementia: A Simple Guide for Caregivers

When Your Loved One Has Dementia by Joy A. Glenner
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Jun 10, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: medicine, psychology
Read from June 10 to 12, 2012

Very practically oriented, with lots of suggestions. Two points that are very firm: 1) Use it or lose it. The longer you can keep someone doing particular things, the more functional they will remain in general. 2) Don't try to fix the person--accommodate yourself to where the person is. There is a huge temptation to try to correct the person's misunderstandings or behavior. But this is pointless. Diverting the person's attention, and modeling what you want the person to do is always better. The book makes clear how much responsibility is on the caretaker to be upbeat and creative in addressing tasks. The book is very realistic in what can(not) be expected. Sobering but worthwhile.

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message 1: by Bill (new)

Bill I agree with those insights regarding function and accomodation. Caregiving isn't easy, but informed caregiving makes it a lot easier than otherwise would be the case.

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