Scientific Tracks Abstracts: J Neurol Neurophysiol
This book grew out of personal experience as a family caregiver and also a need for knowledge to create a rewarding care giving experience with better results. Unless someone chooses the profession of medicine or nursing, nobody is born with a natural talent for care giving let alone specialized care such with Alzheimer?s and other dementias. Yet, most doctors and nurses do not know how to speak Alzheimer?s, the language of dignity, and the large majority will bypass the family caregiver who holds personal and professional knowledge of the person living with Alzheimer?s. Speaking Alzheimer?s is basic to providing any level of care. Other topics discussed include health care regulations, stages of care giving, forming effective partnerships, basic to advanced topics of interest. Lots of tips you can take and apply immediately. Out of almost 15 years of first-hand experience, the author has created an important germinal body of work useful for the field of gerontology and practice. It is also an important reference for any training organization in the field of Alzheimer?s. It will be especially practical for those responsible for training certified nursing assistants, aids in attendance, and for any family caregiver interested in finding their task a little more rewarding. By adopting a systems approach we are able to create an Alzheimer?s friendly healthcare workforce that is knowledgeable and ready to make a difference. Furthermore, the numerous benefits of partnership lower the cost of doing business and affords the person living with Alzheimer?s and other dementias a continuum of care second to none. It is a natural move away from a medical model of care which is too expensive to a biopsychosocial model of health care: ? biological (anatomic and physiologic) ? psychological (thoughts, memories, beliefs, attitudes, emotions, and feelings) ? social (interpersonal relationships) Alzheimer?s coaches will reference this body of work because of the broad spectrum of information it contains. Since they are responsible to large teams of interprofessional healthcare workers in the field, whether in hospitals, long-term care facilities, assisted living facilities, this reference will be a constant companion.