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A Loving Approach to Dementia Care

Making Meaningful Connections while Caregiving

Laura Wayman

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An encouraging and compassionate guide for dementia caregivers.

Caring for someone with dementia means devotedly and patiently doing a hundred little things each day. But few care providers are trained to meet the challenges of dementia—despite the fact that millions of people will struggle with it as they grow older. In A Loving Approach to Dementia Care, Laura Wayman, who is known professionally as the Dementia Whisperer, offers practical, compassionate advice on overcoming caregiving obstacles and maintaining meaningful relationships with loved ones who have dementia and memory loss.

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An encouraging and compassionate guide for dementia caregivers.

Caring for someone with dementia means devotedly and patiently doing a hundred little things each day. But few care providers are trained to meet the challenges of dementia—despite the fact that millions of people will struggle with it as they grow older. In A Loving Approach to Dementia Care, Laura Wayman, who is known professionally as the Dementia Whisperer, offers practical, compassionate advice on overcoming caregiving obstacles and maintaining meaningful relationships with loved ones who have dementia and memory loss.

In this thoroughly revised third edition, Wayman includes

• answers to common caregiver questions, such as "What is dementia?"
• a detailed explanation of how to cope with and care for a spouse with dementia symptoms, including advice about communication
• a new chapter on caring for someone who has dementia along with other health problems
• recommendations about how to handle challenging situations and behaviors
• dementia-aware activities that work for both family caregivers and professional care staff
• fresh caregiving insights that emphasize the importance of taking time to care for oneself

Each chapter contains two sections—"Lessons Learned" and "Perceptions and Approaches"—which provide details about how readers can apply lessons from the stories Wayman tells to their own caregiving practice. Providing support for the numerous difficulties and disruptions that all caregivers face along the way, A Loving Approach to Dementia Care is an empathetic guide filled with respect, calm, and creativity. It will leave readers feeling empowered and inspired.

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This book provides valuable information including a detailed explanation of coping with and caring for a spouse with dementia symptoms.

It is good to have a guide that is as intuitive and humane as Laura Wayman. This book will help lighten the burden for caregiver and patient alike.

It is a book I wanted to share with everybody. It made me laugh out loud, it made me cry (really!) but most of all it made me think. [A]s a resource I feel it is invaluable and I will be keeping it near to hand. It is not only a useful tool for use with dementia but it is also life-affirming.

This book can be warmly recommended to caregivers as an upbeat and encouraging guide to developing those brief moments of successful communication... A Loving Approach to Dementia Care is exactly what it says on the label.

Wayman's passion for her work shines through and her real-life examples are pertinent—such as how to respond to someone who has dementia who constantly forgets a loved one has died. Although written for caregivers, especially family members, the book contains insights that are salient for health professionals, especially those seeking to develop their interpersonal and communication skills and understand how dementia can impact on people's lives.

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8.5
Pages
200
ISBN
9781421440064
Table of Contents

Thanks and Appreciation
1. Introduction: Navigating the Journey
2. Peggy: The Ultimate Toll
With Alicia Murray
3. Deborah: A Daughter's Journey
4. Charles: There Is Nothing Wrong with Me
5. Frances: What Is

Thanks and Appreciation
1. Introduction: Navigating the Journey
2. Peggy: The Ultimate Toll
With Alicia Murray
3. Deborah: A Daughter's Journey
4. Charles: There Is Nothing Wrong with Me
5. Frances: What Is Dementia?
6. Jill: Into the Dementia Wonderland
7. Natalie: Much More than Words
8. Vada: Past, Present, and Future
9. Joe: Communicating the Gift of Value
10. Lucy and Betty: Thinking Outside the Box
11. Edna: You're Just Imagining Things
12. Margie: If You Keep Doing What You Are Doing...
13. Harry: It's Bath Night!
14. Rose, Edith, and Samuel: One Size Does Not Fit All
15. Susan: Dealing with Disruption
With Alicia Murray
16. Grace: Moving beyond Guilt
With Alicia Murray
17. Virginia: Laughter Is Therapeutic
With Alicia Murray
18. Maria and Andreas: In Sickness and in Health
19. Beatrice and Henry: The Power of Gratitude
20. Sean: The Puzzling Pieces of Grief
With Denise Howard
21. Lessons, Perceptions, and Approaches: A Reader's Guide
The Dementia-Aware Guide to Caregiving
References
About the Authors
Index

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Laura Wayman

Professional dementia care consultant Laura Wayman holds an associate in arts degree in gerontology and is a certified Social Services Designee. The CEO of The Dementia Whisperers, Wayman has over a decade of experience in and a strong dedication to quality aging, and she is a sought-after speaker on dementia and issues of aging.