A Loving Approach to Dementia Care : Making Meaningful Connections with the Person Who Has Alzheimer's Disease or Other Dementia or Memory Loss
Caring for someone with dementia means devotedly and patiently doing a hundred little things each day. Few care providers are trained to meet the challenges of dementia, however. They need the guidance this book provides to overcome caregiving obstacles and cultivate more meaningful relationships with loved ones who have dementia and memory loss. Laura Wayman's program of care emphasizes communication, affirmative response, and empowerment-transforming the caregiving process from a burden into a fulfilling journey. Her true stories of caregiving illustrate the principles of this loving approach, giving readers essential tools for connecting with people who have dementia. In addition to offering valuable lessons on how to provide the best possible care, Wayman urges caregivers not to neglect themselves: take care of yourself so you will have physical and mental energy to share with your loved one. The practical tips included here will help you balance your own needs with those of your loved one, creating a more positive experience for you both. A Loving Approach to Dementia Care is a special guide, filled with respect, calmness, creativity-and love.
- Hardback | 128 pages
- 139.7 x 215.9 x 12.7mm | 272.15g
- 19 May 2011
- JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY PRESS
- Baltimore, MD, United States
It is good to have a guide that is as intuitive and humane as Laura Wayman. This book can be read profitably by family and friends of those affected with this disease and by anyone contemplating a career in elderly care. It will help lighten the burden for caregiver and patient alike. -- Chris Vaughan Metapsychology Both A Loving Approach to Dementia Care and Aging Together are very kindly books giving warm guidance on coping with old people who are seriously confused. -- Martin Guha International Psychogeriatrics It is a book I wanted to share with everybody. It made me laugh out loud, it made me cry (really!) but most of all it made me think... as a resource I feel it is invaluable and I will be keeping it near to hand. It is not only a useful tool for use with dementia but it is also life-affirming (and I never expected to use that term without a certain cynicism). -- Ibadete Fetahu Nursing Times This book can be warmly recommended to caregivers as an upbeat and encouraging guide to developing those brief moments of successful communication... A Loving Approach to Dementia Care is exactly what it says on the label. -- Martin Guha International Psychogeriatrics
About Laura Wayman
Laura Wayman holds an associate in arts degree in gerontology and is a certified Social Services Designee. She has over a decade of experience in and a strong dedication to quality aging. She is the resident dementia expert and grant writer for Seniors First, a nonprofit organization that helps seniors live independently; the CEO of The Dementia Whisperers; and a sought-after speaker on issues of aging.