• The Caregiver's Guide to Dementia

  • Practical Advice for Caring for Yourself and Your Loved One
  • By: Gail Weatherill RN CAEd
  • Narrated by: Ann Osmond
  • Length: 4 hrs and 45 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (66 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Care for yourself, while caring for a loved one with dementia

When caring for someone with dementia, your own mental stability can be the single most critical factor in your loved one’s quality of life. The Caregiver's Guide to Dementia brings practical and comprehensive guidance to understanding the illness, caring for someone, and caring for yourself. 

From understanding common behavioral and mood changes to making financial decisions, this book contains bulleted lists of actions you can take to improve your health and your caregiving. Inspirational and compassionate, it focuses on the caregiver’s underlying love and humanity that cannot be taken away by any disease. 

In The Caregiver's Guide to Dementia you’ll find:

  • Dementia defined - Understand dementia and its many forms, with an explanation of the illness and its variations.
  • Caregiver wellness - At the end of each chapter, a small section provides relaxation and mindfulness exercises and reflection for dementia caregivers.
  • Practical approach - Resources, from financial planning to tips on safety, along with questions for health care professionals, lawyers, accountants, therapists, and friends.

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As a RN myself I HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend

I bought this book in print for myself, my sister and my dad. My mother was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s and despite being a a critical care nurse with lots of experience caring for patients with varying types and degrees of dementia while in the hospital it in completely a different story when my mother has been diagnosed with it and going through the entirety of the progression. We are only in the first stages. I have read a couple books so far desperately trying to gain as much knowledge in this disease only to be filled with gut wrenching fear but I know knowledge is power so I continue to pick up the next book. This book is AMAZING. Gail’s knowledge and experience and expertise as a nurse has enabled her to write this book in a very methodical way that does not sugar coat the disease but she is able to compassionately talk through this book to the reader as if she is having a conversation with you at a table. I found this book comforting and filled with hope despite the fact that there is no cure for this disease and our loved ones demise is a bleak one. I am very confident that this book will possibly be my #1 go to resource as I help my dad care for my mother. If it’s not my #1 it will be one of my top 3 hands down abd I have at least 8 books to read still...please read this book and PLEASE listen to her suggestions about the binder to have prepared for those hospital visits. That binder she talks about to have on hand with all that information included is pure gold to those nurses and doctors taking care of your loved one. You have no idea how massively important we need that information and how most the time no one has that information readily available.

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very helpful.

this book was very helpful. it shed light on and gave me strength to deal my situation

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Not the best for Audio book - a lot of reference

This has a lot of good information but references "see section - for more information". Also at the end of each subject she lists "What to say" or "What to do". This book would be better if you had the actual book to reference and make notes on it.

Otherwise it has a lot of good information and she makes sure to see how you are doing or make sure you are taking care of yourself as a caregiver.

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Wish I had this four years ago

I probably would’ve still had a job or Some type of finance still coming in somehow. It reassured me though that I’m doing the right things because there’s a lot of things that I connected with and reassured me that I’m doing the right steps and I learned a lot of new stuff still in a lot of resources to get them so I really recommend it for dementia caregivers especially if you’re just starting even if you’re not high for years into this and I’m still learning but it gives me satisfaction that I’m doing the right thing. I found myself responding back to the audiobook. like yes I’m OK, Or all I know that was gonna happen to me, yup you’re right, I even laughed because there’s things that you think of inside of your head and don’t say out loud but doing the audiobook she says it out loud for you and you agree. You don’t feel like you are the only person dealing with this or think like this. it’s just such a good book. Even though I haven’t received money for what I’m doing for my grandma(87) with dementia, I love when people say thank you or if they say you’re doing a good job or or she’s lucky to have you and this book made me feel like I had someone going through the same situation and knew exactly what I wanted to hear and stop second guessing. Really good book. Get it if your not sure about something you won’t regret it, I don’t after four years I’m still I’m glad I got it. We can always keep learning. After finishing the audiobook it brought a smile and Confidence to myself. It’s such a good book . Get it

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Dementia 101

Extremely informative and comprehensive. My understanding of dementia increased exponentially. Although I know there’s much more know, I feel more comfortable helping my loved one after reading this book.

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Fantastic resource!

This book provides insights and information regarding the complex issue of dementia. There are many checklists and suggestions that I will surely be referring to as my loved one’s dementia progresses. The book also acknowledges the needs of the caregiver whose health affects the well-being of the patient. I consider this book a must read for anyone who has a loved one at any stage of dementia. I even ordered the book and print so I could easily refer to the excellent resources.

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Great information /Very thorough

Extremely helpful information provided in a friendly format. Recommended for anyone going through the caregiver role.

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Nicely done

Good info and good performance. Done with a humanizing touch and additional focus on caregiver

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So helpful

I liked how informative it was and the added recommendations it provides. This book was very helpful to me. Love the fact Audible had it available.

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must read

loved it extremely informative. I bought four more copies for friends and family. very compassionate

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