At Wit's End: Plain Talk on Alzheimer's for Families and Clinicians, Second Edition

At Wit's End: Plain Talk on Alzheimer's for Families and Clinicians, Second Edition (ePub)

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 At Wit's End: Plain Talk on Alzheimer's for Families and Clinicians, Second Edition
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Book Description

At Wit’s End: Plain Talk on Alzheimer’s for Families and Clinicians, now in its Second Edition, is a straightforward summary of leading advice for understanding and caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease, written without technical jargon and impractical nuance. About one-third of our population will eventually 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. Dr. 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 and supportive care process.

Book Reviews

Dr. Kraus provides in-depth information about the medical and psychological aspects of Alzheimer’s disease in a way that everyone, from seasoned clinicians to families, can benefit from. A wonderful resource to help us understand this complex illness. — Peter A. Lichtenberg, Ph.D., ABPP, director, Institute of Gerontology and Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute, and professor of psychology, Wayne State University

George Kraus’s second edition of At Wit’s End is chock-full of information about the etiologies and manifestations of dementia, filling a void with wide-ranging attention to the social, psychological, and functional aspects of the condition. He also explains what can be done for persons with dementia, emphasizing curiosity, pragmatism, and kindness. This book is a treasure trove of helpful tables, illustrations, and explanations written in accessible lan- guage. It will be highly useful to persons with dementia and their caregivers—including both family members and professionals. — Jennifer Moye, Ph.D., ABPP., associate director for education and evaluation, New England Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC), and associate professor of psychology, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

This is a great work of empathy, illuminating the experience and the struggles of those diag- nosed with Alzheimer’s. In the great tradition of the scientist-practitioner, Dr. Kraus compre- hensively covers the medical and psychiatric features of Alzheimer’s and tells us what we can do about it. He empowers us with knowledge and a practical approach. What is distinctive about this work is that he focuses on the psychiatric side of Alzheimer’s, thus giving families hope again that they can have a positive impact on the quality of life of their loved one. — George Bouklas, Ph.D., private practice clinical psychologist and author of the highly regarded Psychotherapy with the Elderly: Becoming Methuselah's Echo

About the Author(s):

George Kraus is a psychologist specializing in the care of the elderly, especially those suffering from Alzheimer's and other dementias. He is on the faculty of the School of Professional Psychology at Wright State University (Dayton, Ohio) and on staff in the Department of Behavioral Science at Green Memorial Hospital (Xenia, Ohio). He has published in a variety of professional journals including Clinical Psychology Review, Small Group Research, Psychological Reports, and Small Group Behavior