by Julie Fleming
One of my favorite Alzheimer’s resources is The Best Friends Approach to Alzheimer’s Care, along with other books in the Best Friends series, including Best Friends Book of Alzheimer’s Activities, Volume One and Best Friends Book of Alzheimer’s Activities, Volume Two.
I loved these books because the focus is on learning about people with Alzheimer’s, their histories and preferences, and then designing a care plan specifically for them. You may be in the best position to provide information about your parent, and reading this book will jog your memory. Even tiny details like knowing whether your parent prefers to sleep under a blanket or not will help your parent be more comfortable, and you must become both your parent’s external memory and his or her advocate. The Best Friends Approach will assist you in that process, and the activity books include fun ideas for people with all stages of dementia. I particularly appreciated these activity books because they intentionally included activities more typical for male interests, which many other activity books overlook.
Surviving Alzheimer’s: Practical Tips and Soul-Saving Wisdom for Caregivers - by Paula Spencer Scott (2014)
A Caregiver’s Guide to Alzheimer’s Disease: 300 Tips for Making Life Easier - by Callone, Kudlacek, Vasiloff, Manternach, and Brumback (2006)
by - Julie Fleming
Teepa Snow is one of the best Alzheimer’s educators I’ve ever met. She combines a deep understanding of the science behind the disease with an equally deep understanding of people, and the result is a caring and effective approach to caring for those who have Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias.
The video Challenging Behaviors will walk you through how to think about troubling behaviors and how to solve the needs that underlie them.
I highly recommend all of Teepa Snow’s training DVDs, which you can find here.
Author: Julie Fleming
Julie has been providing love & care for her father, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease in the fall of 2011. And she's had to learn it all the hard way. Sound familiar?