When The Doctor Says "Alzheimer's"

Your Caregiver's Guide to Alzheimer's & Dementia

by Betty Weiss



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 12/23/2003

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 232
ISBN : 9781410741400

About the Book

Although one in ten Americans over 65 has Alzheimer’s, it remains one of the most hidden, misunderstood diseases the world has ever known.  Neither a cure, nor technical medical advice, this handy book, written by a caregiver with over ten years personal experience and research caring for her husband, has some of the best first-hand advice you’ll ever come by.  Because patients appear so normal, no one believes anything is wrong.  Even cognitive tests can’t show the full extent of its devastation on the patient and the family.  Although the stigma is lessening, Alzheimer’s continues to be elusive, embarrassing and difficult to deal with.  When it sneaks into a family, few know where to turn: What caused it?  Will I get it?  He keeps falling.  He’s violent!  Why isn’t there a cure?  The doctor doesn’t understand.  What’s an MRI, MMSE?  How can the caregiver survive?  I feel so guilty.  Not every anguished question has an answer as yet, but many of them do, and understanding how to deal with much of it can be found in “When the Doctor Says, ‘Alzheimer’s’--”.  It’s a valuable must have, easy to understand finger-tip resource book for anyone involved in this overwhelming, confusing disease. 

About the Author

For over a decade, Betty Weiss was the sole 24/7 caregiver for her husband with Alzheimer’s.  Naïve and in denial, she first believed she could live with a little forgetfulness.  But as the disease pursued its relentless destruction of their lives, she began to research and develop a better understanding of its symptoms and how to react to them. She found far too much information scattered all over, often too technical and dismaying to be useful.  As an occasional published writer, she has compiled her personal experience, philosophy and research into a comprehensive easy to understand book that gives Alzheimer’s caregivers instantly available suggestions to cope with the most common problems they face in this difficult and traumatic challenge.