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Recognising and Allowing for Their Problems

  • Explanation of the exact nature of problems with words and memories
  • Lists and describes problems people with Alzheimer's disease are likely to have
  • Identifies and explains additional factors that may be adding unnecessarily to the problems of Alzheimer's disease
  • Examples from the author's own accounts with dealing with Alzheimer's
  • Examines problems which carers may come across when dealing with someone with Alzheimer's

This chapter identifies the difficulties that Alzheimer's disease usually causes, as well as highlighting the various problems in approximate order in which they are likely to occur. It also covers the thought that the carers reactions may sometimes contribute to the problems and ways to prevent jumping to conclusions and underestimating what someone with Alzheimer's is saying or doing.

Contents include

  • Lost? Or just becoming harder to find?
  • Problems that they are likely to have
    • Lapses of memory
    • Moods
    • Problems finding the right name
    • Repeating themselves
    • Mixing past and present events
    • Fact and fantasy become equally real
    • Telling fantastic stories about themselves
    • Seeing things
    • Echoing what is said to them
    • Speaking in fragments
    • Being not here but somewhere else
    • Increasing physical problems
  • Factors that may be adding unnecessarily to the problem
    • Eyesight
    • Hearing
    • Effects of medication
    • Depression
    • Boredom and frustration
  • Who is having the problem - them or us?
  • Don't underestimate someone with dementia
    • My mother remembers
    • The patient who was not as dumb as she seemed
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Author / Editor Biographies

Dr Jane Crisp lectures in communication, media studies and women's studies. Her experiences with her own mother, who is now in an advanced stage of dementia, first suggested to her the possibility of drawing on her professional background to help people who are dementing and those who care for them. For the last five years Jane has been working on the language of people who are dementing and on strategies for making sense of this language. She has given talks on this work and had articles published both in Australia and overseas. During 1994 she spent six months in France, meeting and exchangi...

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