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ALZHEIMER'S: A Handbook for the Caretaker

By Eileen H. Driscoll


"As a daughter of a family doctor stricken by Alzheimer's, I recognize this book as a professional yet practical common sense approach to assist both caretaker and patient. It is written with experience, conviction and, most importantly, a loving spirit that provide the reader with knowledge and courage to undertake care of loved ones." Christina Ferayorni ,M.A., Fort Lauderdale,Florida

"Your manual is a very enlightening study of the person with Alzheimer's Disease. It gives the reader an overview on how to care for the Alzheimer's victim on a daily basis, many fine resources and the material is simplified in terms that most people can understand.

I would highly recommend your manual for use in all facilities that care for persons with Alzheimer's Disease. It should be outstanding reading in libraries as a resource guide for families and caregivers." Ileana Stone, M.A.,Director, Social Services, Redwood Terrace, Escondido,California.


Eileen H. Driscoll was a registered nurse for 44 years. This book is the result of many years of working with Alzheimer's patients in a day care facility. She retired from nursing in 1989, but, eventually became bored and return to caring for Alzheimer's patients on a part-time basis.

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Chapter One---Attitude is Everything

  • Understanding the disease
  • Stages of the disease
  • Stage One: Aware
  • Stage Two: Acceptance
  • Stage Three: Unaware
  • Stage Four: Partial Care
  • Stage Five: Full Care
  • Maintain a positive attitude
  • Medical needs, behavior changes

Chapter Two---Know Your Limitations

  • Care for the caregiver
  • Family involvement
  • Join a support group
  • Respite care by professionals
  • Love, but be objective

Chapter Three---Stage One: Aware

  • Stage One symptoms
  • Put yourself in the patient's place: Joe and Mabel
  • The caregiver's role in Stage One
  • Practical matters
  • A caregiver's checklist for Stage One

Chapter Four---Preventing Catastrophic Reactions

  • Keep the patient calm
  • Keep the patient busy
  • Quick solutions
  • Wandering
  • Summary of tips and suggestions

Chapter Five---Stage Two: Acceptance

  • Stage Two symptoms
  • Betty accepts her illness
  • Two patients who could laugh about it
  • Lucy learned to not worry about it
  • Inside Lucy's damaged mind
  • When stages combine
  • Beth could not accept her illness
  • A caregiver's checklist for Stage Two

Chapter Six---Stage Three: Unaware

  • Stage Three symptoms
  • The patient's viewpoint
  • unaware and filling in
  • Loss of train of thought
  • Loss of logic, reason and memory
  • Anxiety
  • Sarah danced away her anxiety
  • Unaware and wandering
  • Ed is persuaded to return
  • A caregiver's checklist for Stage Three

Chapter Seven---Stage Four: Partial Care

  • Stage Four symptoms
  • Changes in spatial orientation and coordination
  • The caregiver's dilemma
  • Peggy accepted her lack of spatial coordination
  • Confusing past with present
  • Partial Care and clothing, hygiene, sleep,feeding,exercise,outings,pets and crafts
  • Dealing with restlessness, hoarding, hallucinations, repetitive movements
  • The caregiver's reward
  • A caregiver's checklist for Stage Four

Chapter Eight---Stage Five: Full Care

  • Stage Five symptoms
  • Entertainment and activities
  • Music can be magic
  • Nursing care: Watch for signs of illness; Skin care and bathing; Moving the patient; Bladder and bowel concerns; Other hygiene concerns; Food and nutrition
  • A caregiver's checklist for Stage Five

Chapter Nine---Placement Outside the Home

  • Making a difficult decision
  • Evaluating skilled care facilities
  • Dealing with depression
  • Look ahead to a brighter future

Chapter Ten---An Alzheimer's Case History

  • John and Mary
  • Before the disease
  • Mary is diagnosed
  • Early stages of the disease: Aware and Acceptance
  • Mary is Unaware, and requires Partial Care
  • Mary Needs Full Care

Chapter Eleven---Conversations With Two Caregivers

  • A conversation with Peggy
  • A conversation with Sally