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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 – Oct 5 2012

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  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Quill Driver Books (Oct. 5 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1610351355
  • ISBN-13: 978-1610351355
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 1.8 x 22.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #476,845 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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""Many books for caregivers skirt around important aspects of day-to-day caregiving, such as sexuality. ""Dr. Ruth's Guide for the Alzheimer's Caregiver"" provides realistic and practical assistance to help caregivers cope with daily challenges."" --Linsey Norton, Program Director of the Alzheimer's Association of Central and Western Kansas

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

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

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. --Marie Marley, Huff/Post50

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 --Karen Springen, Booklist

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

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

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. --Melissa Anne Wuske, ForeWord Reviews

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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By Sandra marchand on 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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Caregiving wife Nov. 14 2012
By Marty McLaren - Published on
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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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The first part is good Nov. 29 2012
By shorty - Published on
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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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A book well worth having to fight your war for Alzheimers Dec 24 2012
By charliebargain - Published on
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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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Great Guide for Caregivers Nov. 20 2012
By Marilyn - Published on
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Dr. Ruth's book considers many aspects of caregiving, not written about in other books for caregivers. She covers complications such family issues, and sexual considerations. This is a book that a caregiver can really use and discover answers while reading and rereading. No one has all the answers but Dr. Ruth provides reasonable responses to tough questions.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
practical advice for the caregiver Dec 2 2012
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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.