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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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Product Details

  • 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 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #580,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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

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

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

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

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

""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

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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Excellent practical advice written in a concise and very understandable way. Many useful ideas for the caregiver family and friends.
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HASH(0xa0d7b930) out of 5 stars 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.
HASH(0xa0d7bb7c) out of 5 stars not exciting Nov. 11 2013
By j mart - Published on
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this is so-so. if you like dr ruth you'll like the book. but i don't need someone telling me not to feel guilty that hubby has alzheimers, or that it is ok that i get tired and a bit cranky when dealing with him.
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HASH(0xa0d7bb40) out of 5 stars 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.
HASH(0xa0d7be34) out of 5 stars Dr. Ruths Alzheimers guide for caregivers Sept. 5 2013
By Daphne - Published on
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This book was a total waste of dollars. She is not an expert on Alzheimers.I really needed some practical advice..I got nothing from this book. The book that I loved was also purchased from is the Best Friends guide to Alzheimers and it was very useful.
HASH(0xa0d7be94) out of 5 stars Todays Caregiver magazine is a fan of Dr. Ruth Dec 27 2012
By Gary Barg - Published on
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I read the book before conducting a cover interview with Dr. Ruth for the November December 2012 issue of Today's Caregiver magazine and [...] I really couldn't put it down. The book is filled with extremely useful wisdom, tools and techniques for the family caregiver, and all in Dr. Ruth's voice! It was one of the easiest and most fun of the over 100 celebrity caregiver interviews I have conducted since 1995. I would recommend any caregiver whose client or loved one is living with Alzheimer's disease to add this to their library.

Gary Barg
Today's Caregiver magazine