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Movement with Meaning: A Multisensory Program for Individuals with Early-Stage Alzheimer’s Disease. Barbara Larsen. (2005). Health Professionals Press, Baltimore, MD, www.healthpropress.com. Barbara Larson, a Family Consultant with Del Oro Caregiver Resource Center, is the author of this new book. Movement with Meaning is an interactive, multisensory movement program manual that reinforces the remaining strengths and abilities of people with dementia. Developed by an experienced educator, Movement with Meaning uses activities that stimulate all five senses to enhance the well-being of older adults. The program is designed specifically to meet the needs of people with early stage Alzheimer’s disease, and combines gentle dance movements, yoga-inspired poses, and breathing exercises with music, poetry, and specific sensory activities. Available in December by contacting Health Professionals Press.
It Shouldn’t Be This Way: The Failure of Long-Term Care. Robert L. Kane and Joan C. West. (2005). Vanderbilt University Press, Nashville, TN, www.TennesseeUniversityPress.com. $18.95. This book will provide insight to both long-term care policy makers and caregivers struggling to deal with placing loved ones in residential care facilities. The book is written by two siblings who tell the story of their mother’s stroke and subsequent placement in a rehabilitation facility, assisted living and ultimately a nursing home. Robert Kane is a physician and geriatrician, and thus his confusion and difficulty dealing with the long-term care system is particularly informative and poignant. Each chapter describes their personal story, and closes with lessons that have implications for long-term care professionals and caregivers alike.
Caregiving at Home. William Leahy and the Editors of Hartman Publishing. (2005). Hartman Publishing Inc., Albuquerque, NM, www.hartmanonline.com. $19.95. Caregiving at Home distinguishes itself from the many other books for family caregivers in its practical advice about direct care of people in the home setting. Written by a doctor, the language is easy to understand and procedures are presented in easy-to-follow, step-by-step lists. The book outlines more than 200 direct care procedures that a family caregiver may need to know in assisting their loved ones, including emptying catheter bags, dealing with seizures, helping someone transfer, and taking rectal temperatures. The book also provides specific information about medical care of many common diseases of older adults (e.g. arthritis, cancer, dementia), although readers who want in-depth information about these illnesses would probably need to consult additional disease-specific resources.
Gilbert Guide: Your Answer to Finding the BEST in Long Term Care Resources for the Counties of San Francisco, San Mateo, Marin and Southern Napa and Sonoma. (2005). Gilbert Guide, Inc., San Francisco, CA, www.gilbertguide.com. $24.95. This new guide to assisted living facilities, Alzheimer’s facilities and nursing homes has an easy-to-read format, covering staffing, features of the facility and the rooms/apartments, as well as costs and a short summary. This makes it easy to compare facilities and to narrow your search to those most likely to meet your needs. There are also sections on hospice care, in-home care, adult day care and geriatric care managers. Further, the guide includes helpful sections on the different types of care, financial options, and a listing of organizations that can help. Chapter 7 is devoted to “Gems” which are the hard to find resources in the community. Everything, from animal care to transportation is covered. This well organized “Gem” of a guide will make it easier for caregivers to sort out what is available in their communities.
The Gilbert Guide is available via the web at www.gilbertguide.com, promotional code FCA, or call to order at (800) 214-8110. FCA will receive a portion of the proceeds. It will also be carried at independent bookstores throughout the Bay Area or it can be purchased as an ebook through the website.
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