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The Common Sense Guide to Dementia For Clinicians and Caregivers

Lipton, Anne M., Marshall, Cindy D.

2013, XXI, 206 p.

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  • Dementia: A Common Sense Guide for Clinicians and Caregivers is a practical title that enhances clinical knowledge and the physician-caregiver interaction
  • Concisely written and replete with interesting case vignettes for both physician and caregiver understanding
  • This unique title emphasizes novel, practical approaches that can be used to provide optimal clinical care and everyday support for patients with dementia

The Common Sense Guide to Dementia for Clinicians and Caregivers provides an easy-to-read, practical, and thoughtful approach to dementia care. Written by two specialists who have cared for thousands of patients with dementia and their families, this ground-breaking title unifies the perspectives of neurology and psychiatry to meet a variety of caregiver needs. It spotlights many real-world concerns not typically covered in standard textbooks, while simultaneously presenting a more detailed medical perspective than typical caregiver manuals.

This handy title offers expert guidance for the clinical management of dementia and compassionate support of patients and families. Designed to enhance the physician-caregiver interaction and liberally illustrated with case examples, The Common Sense Guide espouses general principles of dementia care that apply across the stages and spectrum of this illness, including non-Alzheimer's types of dementia, in addition to Alzheimer's disease.

Clinicians, family members, and other caregivers will find this volume useful from the moment that symptoms of dementia emerge. The authors place an emphasis on caring for the caregiver as well as the patient. Essential topics include how to find the right clinician, make the most of a doctor's visit, and avert a crisis - or manage one that can't be avoided. Sometimes difficult considerations, such as driving, financial management, legal matters, long-term placement, and end-of-life care, are faced head-on. Tried, true, and time-saving tips are explained in terms of what works - and what doesn't - with regard to clinical evaluation, medications, behavioral measures, and alternate therapies. Medical, nursing, and allied health care professionals will undoubtedly turn to this unique overview as a vital resource and mainstay of clinical dementia care, as well as a valuable recommendation for family caregivers.


Content Level » Professional/practitioner

Related subjects » Internal Medicine - Medicine - Neurology - Psychiatry - Psychology, general

Table of contents 


Chapter 1: Introduction

Part I: Start of Care

Chapter 2: Signposts: What to Look for and When to Seek Help

Chapter 3: Finding Help

Chapter 4: Preparing to Visit the Doctor

Chapter 5: Making the Most of the Doctor’s Visit

Part II: Common Sense Dementia Care

Chapter 6: The 7 Common Senses of Dementia Care

Chapter 7: Caring for the Caregiver

Chapter 8: Dementia Medications

Chapter 9: Alternate Therapies

Chapter 10: Alcohol and Other Substances

Part III: Mood and Behavior

Chapter 11: Mood Issues in Dementia

Chapter 12: Psychosis

Chapter 13: Dealing with Problem Behaviors in Dementia

Part IV: Additional Considerations in Dementia Care

Chapter 14: Legal and Financial Issues

Chapter 15: Selecting Level of Care

Chapter 16: Looking Ahead

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