36- Hour Day : A Family Guide To Caring For People Who Have Alzheimer Disease, Related Dementias, And Memory Loss by Nancy L Mace and Peter V Rabins

36- Hour Day : A Family Guide To Caring For People Who Have Alzheimer Disease, Related Dementias, And Memory Loss by Nancy L Mace and Peter V Rabins

Author: Nancy L Mace and Peter V Rabins
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Originally published in 1981, The 36-Hour Day broke new ground as the first book of its kind. Now, three decades later, and with countless other resources available, this timeless classic still stands as the ultimate companion for those caring for an individual with dementia.

In its latest edition, this best-selling book offers a comprehensive update. Each chapter has been meticulously revised to provide up-to-date information on various aspects of dementia. The book delves into the underlying causes, equips caregivers with strategies to effectively manage the early stages of the disease, explores preventive measures, and even addresses the difficult dilemma of finding alternative living arrangements when home care is no longer feasible.

For anyone burdened with the responsibility of caring for a loved one with dementia, The 36-Hour Day remains an invaluable resource. With its wealth of knowledge, expert advice, and compassionate approach, this book continues to empower caregivers and provide much-needed support.

“The Complexities of Dementia: Understanding the Impact of Brain Damage and Behavioral Symptoms”

Our brains are extremely complex and perform countless tasks without us even realizing it. We tend to assume that everyone’s brain operates in the same way, but this is not the case for someone with dementia. When a person with dementia engages in odd or inexplicable behavior, it is usually because a certain part of their brain has failed to function properly.

In addition to controlling memory and language, the brain is responsible for enabling our movements, filtering out irrelevant information, providing us with feedback, recognizing familiar objects, and coordinating all of its activities. However, when brain damage is uneven, it can lead to actions that may seem illogical or nonsensical to others.

For example, John Barstow may remember being angry with his wife, but he may not recall why she did something to provoke his anger. Furthermore, he may not even remember the specific action that made him angry. Researchers believe that the brain stores and processes emotional memories differently from factual memories. Therefore, it is possible for dementia to damage one aspect of memory without affecting the other as severely.

In some cases, individuals with dementia may retain certain social skills and the ability to make customary social remarks for longer periods than their insight and judgment. This can create a deceptive impression of normal functioning to doctors and others. However, the person may be unable to care for themselves responsibly due to impaired decision-making abilities.

Dementia can cause damaged nerve cells to function intermittently, similar to a loose lightbulb that flickers on and off. This may explain why a person with dementia can perform a specific task on one day but struggle with it on another. Even seemingly simple actions require the brain to carry out multiple tasks, and if any step in the process is hindered by the illness, the task may not be completed.

Consider the scenario of asking my sister to make us both a cup of tea. Despite hearing my request, she ignored it initially. However, half an hour later, she went to the kitchen and made herself a cup of tea. It is clear that she was still capable of performing the task, but she likely struggled to understand or act upon verbal instructions.

Furthermore, it is important to note that behavioral and psychiatric symptoms exhibited by individuals with dementia are often the result of brain damage rather than intentional actions. These symptoms are beyond their control and cannot be prevented.

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