The Complete Family Guide to Dementia
Everything You Need to Know to Help Your Parent and Yourself
If you are facing the unique challenges of caring for a parent with dementia, you are not alone. What do you do when your loved one so plainly needs assistance, but is confused, angry, or resistant to your help? Where can you find the vital information you need, when you need it? Journalist Thomas Harrison and leading geriatric psychiatrist Brent Forester show that you don't have to be a medical expert to be a good care provider in this authoritative guide. They explain the basics of dementia and offer effective strategies for coping with the medical, emotional, and financial toll. With the right skills, you can navigate changing family roles, communicate better with your parent, keep him or her safe, and manage difficult behaviors. Learn how to "care smarter, not harder"--and help your loved one maintain the best possible quality of life.
About this Author
Thomas F. Harrison is a professional writer and the former editor of a leading national periodical for attorneys. Based in Massachusetts, he is the coauthor of The Complete Family Guide to Dementia and The Complete Family Guide to Addiction.
Brent P. Forester, MD, is Chief of Geriatric Psychiatry at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts, and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He is also Senior Medical Director for Population Health Management at Mass General Brigham, where he leads a systemwide dementia-care program. Dr. Forester's award-winning research focuses on developing and testing effective treatments for dementia and mood disorders in older adults.
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