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Dementia : what you need to know : a guide for people with dementia, and their caregivers

Author: Chris Perkins
Publisher: Auckland, New Zealand : Random House New Zealand, 2013. ©2013
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Revised and updated editionView all editions and formats
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"This comprehensive book has been written to give people the information they need to understand and come to terms with this illness, and cope with the changes that occur as the disease takes its course. It explains what dementia is, the different forms it takes, how and where to get help, diagnostic tests, treatment and medication, and the services available. It examines the issues involved in both caring for a  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Dementia, what you need to know
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Chris Perkins
ISBN: 9781775534822 1775534820
OCLC Number: 851374209
Notes: Reprinted 2014.
Originally edition published as "The New Zealand Dementia Guide in 2004." Second edition published as "Dementia : a New Zealand guide" in 2006.
"This comprehensive book has been written to give people the information they need to understand and come to terms with this illness, and cope with the changes that occur as the disease takes its course. It explains what dementia is, the different forms it takes, how and where to get help, diagnostic tests, treatment and medication, and the services available. It examines the issues involved in both caring for a sufferer at home, and when the time comes to choose residential care. It is difficult for carers to achieve the right balance of reality and hope. Dementia can be a grim condition, which progressively deprives people of the attributes they value. But in this book, old-age psychiatry specialist Dr. Chris Perkins aims to help caregivers at all levels deal with it with acceptance and compassion, offering humane and respectful care to people with dementia"--Publisher's information.
Description: 271 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Memory and dementia --
Types of dementia --
Diagnosis --
Early-stage dementia --
Moderate dementia --
Severe dementia --
Therapies for dementia --
Medical treatments for dementia --
Behavioural and psychological difficulties --
Caregiving --
Looking after someone at home --
Choosing residential care --
In residential care --
End-of-life issues --
Groups with special needs --
Spiritual and cultural issues --
Legal and ethical issues. "This comprehensive book has been written to give people the information they need to understand and come to terms with this illness, and cope with the changes that occur as the disease takes its course. It explains what dementia is, the different forms it takes, how and where to get help, diagnostic tests, treatment and medication, and the services available. It examines the issues involved in both caring for a sufferer at home, and when the time comes to choose residential care. It is difficult for carers to achieve the right balance of reality and hope. Dementia can be a grim condition, which progressively deprives people of the attributes they value. But in this book, old-age psychiatry specialist Dr. Chris Perkins aims to help caregivers at all levels deal with it with acceptance and compassion, offering humane and respectful care to people with dementia" --
Publisher's information. -Includes index.
Other Titles: New Zealand dementia guide
Responsibility: Dr. Chris Perkins (FRANZCP, Specialist in old age psychiatry).

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"This comprehensive book has been written to give people the information they need to understand and come to terms with this illness, and cope with the changes that occur as the disease takes its course. It explains what dementia is, the different forms it takes, how and where to get help, diagnostic tests, treatment and medication, and the services available. It examines the issues involved in both caring for a sufferer at home, and when the time comes to choose residential care. It is difficult for carers to achieve the right balance of reality and hope. Dementia can be a grim condition, which progressively deprives people of the attributes they value. But in this book, old-age psychiatry specialist Dr. Chris Perkins aims to help caregivers at all levels deal with it with acceptance and compassion, offering humane and respectful care to people with dementia"--Publisher's information.

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