• The 36-Hour Day, 6th Edition

  • A Family Guide to Caring for People Who Have Alzheimer's Disease, Related Dementias and Memory Loss
  • By: Nancy L. Mace, Peter V. Rabins
  • Narrated by: Christina Moore
  • Length: 15 hrs and 56 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (136 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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.

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Listen to narrator before buying!

Terrible narration; narrator sounds like she’s yelling much of the time. Can’t stand to listen to it for very long.

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Great information

A wealth of information and a lot to digest if you have a loved one going through this disease. This audiobook need to come with a PDF workbook of all the prominent information you need. I am buying the kindle version as a refresher and reference guide. Blessings to everyone who goes through this and to the caretaker who had to endure this journey. One Love.

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I found this book both interesting and helpful!

The material covers a wide range of topics to help one understand, prepare, and cope with dementia. i appreciated the life story parts that helped give a deeper view into the perspective of the loved one you are caring for. I recomend this book.

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Awesome Book

I would recommend skipping the first chapter. It's like a fast forward from the beginning of the disease to the very end. It's quite overwhelming and frightening. It put me in a panic mode. In reality, AD (or probably any type of dementia) doesn't progress that rapidly.

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" The 36 Hour Day "

My Grandmother. had a ugly disease, Alzheimer s. My Mom traveled once a week to the home she. grew up in 3 hrs. total.. Mom. & Dad were raising 4. young daughters. My Mother now, as she puts it if she can " I have what she had" those are tough days. Now she s mean and demanding of my Dad who suffers from another ugly disease. It tastes family s apart. Being one of her daughter s, I listening to a very sad yet funny at times, informative book " The 36 Hour Day " I can't say enough about it, if your family suffers because of any type of dementia disease it s a Must read.......

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There’s so much of value in this book and I highly recommend it. For many dealing with a loved one with dementia, this will be a book to keep on hand. If you look at the table of contents, it goes on forever. Keep in mind many chapters are two minutes long or less. Below are a few substantive concerns. First, this book should have been edited down; there is too much overlap and repetition. Imo, it could have and should have been cut by half. Second, the authors’ use a phrase dozens of times that I find very problematic: “catastrophic reaction”. It refers to a very agitated or deeply upsetting reaction in a person with dementia induced by the action(s) of those around her or him. I think it is overkill to be instructed as a caregiver that we must avoid a, b, or c through x, y, and z lest these many actions result in something “catastrophic” happening inside the ill person. I wager that most of us think of tornadoes, floods, earthquakes, or fires that devastate neighborhoods or large areas of land as catastrophic. The authors are very attached to that word, however. It also assumes that all people with dementia are extremely distressed by the same behaviors. There’s also a troubling assumption that all people with serious dementia are 100% not responsible for their behavior. I’ve been with several people with advanced forms of such diseases and in no case does the person have no agency or ability to modify behavior, at least to some degrees. Obviously any very ill person can’t control all of their actions. The very helpful bottom line is to do some homework to more empathically understand what the ill person’s experience is (see Teepa Snow’s brilliant videos online), and do your best not to aggravate or harm those you care for. More helpful are the relatively few passages on how to assist a person with dementia when she or he becomes very upset. I also wish the passages overtly supporting caregivers had come first. Finally, it was annoying but survivable - haha - that the s is taken off Alzheimer’s in the pronunciation throughout. But, I know of no other book like this and despite those criticisms it offers gobs of useful information, insights, and recommendations.

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Lots of good information when dealing with my mom.

Learned much about this brain disease. I had no idea it is so prevalent

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This is a must listen if you are caring for someone with Dementia. I found every chapter very useful.

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a MUST READ

everything mom is doing is discussed in this book. HER story IS chapter one.

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Wonderful Guide!

I enjoyed the information. 36 Hour Day gave great explanations and workable solutions for caregivers.

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a thorough guide for families

I really think It exhausted every aspect of Dementia from a family and friend point of view. to achieve a good understanding of Dementia, and the support they can ask for, guiding you step by step.

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  • Kath
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was not great

I felt I was studying for nursing and while I took notes I found it hard work