Feb 12, 2017

The 36-Hour Day - A Family Guide to Caring for People Who Have Alzheimer Disease

The 36-Hour Day is an essential resource for families who love and care for people with Alzheimer disease, related dementia, or memory care issues.

The 36-Hour Day

By Alzheimer's Reading Room

This best-selling book is the bible for families caring for people with Alzheimer's.

The book is ranked the number one best seller in three categories on Amazon: Alzheimer's disease, Caregiving, and Eldercare. It carries a five star review from customers.

"The best guide of its kind." -- Chicago Sun-Times

"Excellent guidance and clear information of a kind that the family needs ... The authors offer realistic advice" -- New York Times

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Tami Greene said...

This book has been the single most helpful tool my family has been given to help us help my mother as she progresses with Alzheimer's Disease. While other books have touched on many of the topics in this book, no where else have we found as much practical information on how
  • to avoid confrontations with her; 
  • ways to improve her daily living
  • ideas to keep her involved with us and to provide meaning to her life
  • questions to ask her doctors
  • types of resources that are available (depending on your area); what to expect as the disease progresses; 
  • and how to help each other as we take on the many different roles needed to provide care for her.
I highly recommend this book to others; in fact, I have purchased multiple copies to share with family members and donate to my local library - that's how helpful and important this book is!

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N. Farrior said ...

I wish I had bought this book as soon as my mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.

My father has received very little information from my mother's doctors on what to expect as her disease progresses and more importantly, how to deal with these issues.

When I received the book, I looked up her latest problem in the index, dizziness, and turned right to an informative section that helped clarify what's going on with my mom.

The bathing sections are helpful for understanding and thus coping with those issues. I appreciate the depth of topics and detail for symptoms that Alzheimer's patients can have; I am also grateful for the huge emphasis on respite care for the caregiver. This gives my siblings and me another avenue of discussion in getting help for my dad, who like many spouses has his own health issues.

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Stumptowner said ...

I wish my family and I had received this book when my mother was first diagnosed with dementia 2 years ago.

We wandered along this path with little guidance from her g.p. or even from the (truly excellent) neurologist at the highly reputable medical school.

I have read answers to questions which have been nagging at me for months (probably years now). The resources at the back are also helpful for the non-social-worker-non-medical-person which I am and which most family members of dementia patients are.

This should be called, "What To Expect When a Family Member Has Dementia or Alzheimer's". It is truly a must read for anyone who has a family member with this tragic, difficult illness.

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Through five editions, The 36-Hour Day has been an essential resource for families who love and care for people with Alzheimer disease. Whether a person has Alzheimer disease or another form of dementia, he or she will face a host of problems. The 36-Hour Day will help family members and caregivers address these challenges and simultaneously cope with their own emotions and needs.

Featuring useful takeaway messages and informed by recent research into the causes of and the search for therapies to prevent or cure dementia, this edition includes new information on

• devices to make life simpler and safer for people who have dementia• strategies for delaying behavioral and neuropsychiatric symptoms• changes in Medicare and other health care insurance laws• palliative care, hospice care, durable power of attorney, and guardianship• dementia due to traumatic brain injury• choosing a residential care facility• support groups for caregivers, friends, and family members

The central idea underlying the book—that much can be done to improve the lives of people with dementia and of those caring for them—remains the same. The 36-Hour Day is the definitive dementia care guide.

John Hopkins University Press