Family & Relationships

What choices were right, what choices were wrong, and how can she now help those whose journey is just beginning? A Return Journey by Sue Petrovski draws on the journals she kept during her mother’s eight-year illness, and on her correspondence with other caregivers who were kind enough to share their innermost feelings and emotions. The 2017 paperback edition also includes a new preface by the author reflecting on the work more than a dozen years later, after Petrovski began caring for her husband who also was diagnosed with a form of dementia, and after she moved them both into a senior independent living residence. Together, their stories and the added reflection of a dozen years provide the reader with an insider’s view of the lessons to be learned from the heart of the experience itself. Petrovski clearly and wisely explains that in Alzheimer’s care there are no “right” ways, no “best” decisions, no “perfect” answers. There is simply the journey through the disease with loved ones and A Return Journey back again.
At Wit’s End is a straightforward summary of leading advice for caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease, written without technical jargon and impractical nuance.   About 33 percent of the population eventually will provide care for someone with Alzheimer’s. The strain of caring for a loved one with this disease can be enormous, yet the reward of enhancing a loved one’s quality of life is beyond measure. So, where to begin?   Many books delve into other specific areas of Alzheimer’s care, emphasizing the financial and legal challenges, as well as myriad medical treatment needs of those experiencing the disease. Unique among these offerings, At Wit’s End explains the psychiatric and psychological aspects of Alzheimer’s, and does so in a holistic and practical manner. Kraus focuses on the whole person across his or her full social, psychological, physical, and spiritual life to provide as complete a picture as possible of the changes that are in play. With this broad, thoughtful, and grounded approach, family members, clinicians, and caregivers are better able to discover and make wise choices from a wealth of effective interventions in all areas of care. It also allows them to care for themselves and their families in the dynamic, supportive care process.   Find out how Alzheimer’s can be distinguished from normal aging and other diseases that mimic its symptoms; how the disorder affects changes in functional abilities and how the daily competence of a person with Alzheimer’s is viewed by psychiatric and legal communities; how rational thinking is distorted, leading to a wide array of unusual and often uncharacteristic behaviors like agitation, impatience, wandering, and inappropriate expressions of sexuality; and what medical, psychiatric, and psychological treatments are available to help.   At Wit’s End gives families, clinicians, and caregivers a new outlook on Alzheimer’s disease.
Effective communication in eldercare settings enables better caregiving and enhances understanding and a sense of well-being in those cared for. Changing Seasons: A Language Arts Curriculum for Healthy Aging by Denise L. Calhoun provides families, caregivers, individuals, and program administrators with a language-based, interdisciplinary program to help older adults improve and maintain effective communication skills. In this volume, Calhoun illustrates a variety of strategies for effective communication with older adults and outlines a compact, easy-to-follow lesson plan for helping these people communicate and engage with the world around them. Each activity reveals new, creative, and fun ways to get individuals to speak, think, write, engage with others, and use their imagination. As activities described herein promote meaningful interactions and the creation of a stimulating environment, Changing Seasons underscores the importance of sustaining quality of life as we and those we love age.
The professional communities of psychologists and child welfare specialists to a deeper, higher and more encompassing awareness and understanding of the crucial linking of caring for animals and children in human experience. The combination of careful research, documentation, and compelling narrative accounts are blended into a rich resource to help professionals and concerned citizens and parents understand how the ethics of caring are not bounded by species. Educators, clergy, coaches, law enforcement, and mental health workers, parents, students of developmental science.
The beloved best seller has been revised and expanded for the fifth edition. Jolene Brackey has a vision: that we will soon look beyond the challenges of Alzheimer's disease to focus more of our energies on creating moments of joy. When people have short-term memory loss, their lives are made up of moments. We are not able to create perfectly wonderful days for people with dementia or Alzheimer’s, but we can create perfectly wonderful moments, moments that put a smile on their faces and a twinkle in their eyes. Five minutes later, they will not remember what we did or said, but the feeling that we left them with will linger. The new edition of Creating Moments of Joy is filled with more practical advice sprinkled with hope, encouragement, new stories, and generous helpings of humor. In this volume, Brackey reveals that our greatest teacher is having cared for and loved someone with Alzheimer’s and that often what we have most to learn about is ourselves.   
One night in 1990, a stranger cut the screen out of Nancy McCabe's bedroom window while she slept and shone a flashlight into her eyes as she woke. A few weeks later, her father came down with temporary amnesia. Although unrelated, these events became linked in her mind, sweeping out from under her the fundamentals many of us take for granted: safety, freedom, the stability of memory, and a general oblivion to mortality. After the Flashlight Man is the story of how one author came to terms with these experiences that threw her life into a whole new light: the self-defense classes, rape crisis volunteer work, writing, and meditation that served as checkpoints along her healing journey while she re- examined events from her childhood and relationships with family and friends. Ultimately, a flashlight turned against her as a bizarre weapon became instead a metaphorical tool that blazed her path, the impetus to reclaim, recast, and tell her own stories, discovering her own power to reinvent her vision of her life.
Each year there are an estimated 125,000 people with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia who leave the safety of their homes and families, unable to find their way back. Because families may find it difficult to believe anything so terrible could happen to them, they often do not prepare for it. Wandering is the skeleton in the Alzheimer's closet, the lurking danger and topic that is never discussed- until it is too late. In workbook form, In Search of the Alzheimer's Wanderer outlines steps that families can take to find their loved ones if they are one day discovered missing. This book is an invaluable tool providing answers that could save lives
Animal abuse as a predictor of abuse against humans has been documented extensively. Society TMs ever-rising violence has prompted experts to ask what alternatives are available to identify the early signs and stop the cycle. The International Handbook of Animal Abuse and Cruelty: Theory, Research, and Application is the authoritative, up-to-date compendium covering the historical, legal, research, and applied issues related to animal abuse and cruelty from scholars worldwide.