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Dr. Ruth's Guide for the Alzheimer's Caregiver: How to Care for Your Loved One without Getting Overwhelmed . . . and without Doing It All Yourself [Paperback]

Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer , Pierre A. Lehu
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Book Description

Oct. 5 2012

Winner of:
National Mature Media Awards - Silver, National Book Division

Dr. Ruth, a trusted name in relationship therapy, presents effective coping strategies for both the practical problems and emotional stresses of Alzheimer’s care. More than 15 million Americans are responsible for the care of a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, a situation that can quickly lead to feeling overwhelmed while trying to balance between the full-time needs of a dependent adult and the caregiver's own physical and mental health. The tactics and resources presented in this book build confidence in the caregiver and provide health-guided advice on how to avoid burnout, seek support from family and friends, resolve family disputes, maintain a loving relationship with a spouse or parent with Alzheimer’s, manage behavior, and make the home a safe environment. Keeping the best interests of everyone involved in mind, the guide also details how to coordinate effectively with doctors, facilities, and other care providers.


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"Caregivers will find the answers to even the most awkward questions in this down-to-earth guide. All [caregivers] can benefit from Dr. Ruth's advice. . . . Dr. Ruth is an empathetic guide. An excellent, commonsense guide to a heartbreaking disease."  —Booklist (November 2012)


"One of the best books I've ever read on Alzheimer's caregiving. Jam-packed with practical, hands-on, down-to-earth information. . . . A must-read for anyone caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's." —www.HuffingtonPost.com


"Westheimer focuses unflinchingly on the well being of the caregiver. She steadfastly reminds readers that to effectively take care of their loved ones, they must take care of themselves. . . . Equips [caregivers] with a steady foundation." —ForeWord Reviews (December 2012)


"Sex therapist Westheimer details coping strategies for caregivers. Westheimer draws on . . . her training and experience in behavioral therapy to describe how to deal with stress and feelings like guilt and anger; accept help from others; and have a life." —Reference and Research Book News (December 2012)


"Practical advice . . . not to be overlooked. Dr. Ruth's Guide for the Alzheimer's Care Giver is a strong addition to any caregiver's reference collection, highly recommended." —Midwest Book Review (December 2012)


"From handling family disputes and maintaining a relationship with an Alzheimer's sufferer to handling doctors and care facilities, this is a top recommendation for any health collection." —California Bookwatch (December 2012)


"A fine book. . . . With extreme sensitivity, Westheimer and Lehu offer comfort and direction for caregivers who want to avoid being ovewhelmed. For Boomers, elders, and caregivers, Dr. Ruth's Guide for the Alzheimer's Caregiver sheds a lot of light." —Terri Schlichenmeyer, "The Bookworm Sez"

About the Author

Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer is a psychosexual therapist who pioneered frank and open discourse about sexual matters on the radio with her program Sexually Speaking, which expanded into a communications network that has included television, books, newspapers, games, home video, computer software, and the web. She is the author of more than 30 books. Pierre A. Lehu has been Dr. Ruth's minister of communications for 30 years, serving as her publicist and a coauthor. They have collaborated on more than a dozen books. They both live in New York City.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent ! May 10 2013
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Excellent practical advice written in a concise and very understandable way. Many useful ideas for the caregiver family and friends.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Caregiving wife Nov. 14 2012
By Marty McLaren - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been a caregiver for my husband for 4 years & have read many books. Dr. Ruth is right on target with her frank, nonjudgmental discussion of the topic. She seems to face head on many of the emotions & thoughts that come with this new role that you are just not comfortable mentioning to people who are not walking this path.

I would recommend this to anyone whose life is touched by someone with Alzheimer's.
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5.0 out of 5 stars renjoyed reading about alzheimers Dec 29 2013
By Dr. Stephen J. Safran - Published on Amazon.com
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a reading for all care givers. I learned a lot and it has helped me as a care giver. enough
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book well worth having to fight your war for Alzheimers Dec 24 2012
By charliebargain - Published on Amazon.com
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Dr. Ruth outlines some very practical ways to help your loved one with Alzheimer's by doing subtle routine every day things such as cooking, establishing a normal routine that help your loved one feel at peace. That was my first reading. If I go back and study her techniques more carefully, I am sure I will see some things I may have missed. A very good read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars practical advice for the caregiver Dec 2 2012
By linda hansen - Published on Amazon.com
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I found practical information here that I had not encountered elsewhere. I especially appreciated the advice for engaging others in support.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The first part is good Nov. 29 2012
By shorty - Published on Amazon.com
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The first pat of the book is clearly the author's area of expertise - advice and counselling - and it is well worth reading.

But the second part seems to be a synthesis of what the author has picked up from others - and there are better informed sources of information on diagnosis and treatment. Also, sections on where to get help, facilities and legal and financial issues are directed at the US reader.
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