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Stress for care providers and distress for clients with varying degrees of dementia, these are the dynamics Karen A. Lyman discovered in her study of eight Alzheimer's day care centers in California. Speaking as an advocate for both day care providers and people with Alzheimer's disease, the author presents a model of what works in Alzheimer's care. Many strategies developed by caregivers are self-defeating, Lyman found. Drawing on personal reflections, interviews, and anecdotes, she demonstrates how caregivers' struggle to maintain order through often unnecessary control contributed to patients' increased sense of self-doubt, anxiety, and incompetence. Negative expectations by caregivers brought on depression and rapid intellectual decline in patients, a sense of hopelessness that has been called therapeutic nihilism. Lyman identifies unsupportive institutional policies, restrictive environments, and poorly organized programs as chronic sources of stress. The alternatives she offers meet caregivers' needs and permit clients a degree of self-determination and identity. policy makers, and family members dealing with victims of Alzheimer's disease. Karen A. Lyman is Professor of Sociology and Coordinator of the Gerontology Program at Chaffey College in California. She publishes widely and in 1991 received the American Sociological Association Outstanding Medical Sociology Dissertation Award.
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Strategies that serve both providers and patientsFrom the Inside Flap:
"...an insightful and constructive view of persons with dementia and their caregivers."
Carroll L. Estes, Institute for Health & Aging, University of California, San Francisco
"[A]n insightful, comprehensive analysis of the unique reciprocal relationship between people with Alzheimer's disease and people who care for them. The author's compassionate concern emphasizes the need for innovative methods of care which alleviate stress for the care-giver and distress for the patients...an important book for policy makers, health care administrators, medical and nursing students, and all others who care."
Maggie Kuhn, Founder and National Convener of the Gray Panthers
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Book Description Temple University Press, 1993. Condition: Good. Ships from Reno, NV. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Seller Inventory # GRP88467568
Book Description Temple University Press. Hardcover. Condition: VERY GOOD. Light rubbing wear to cover, spine and page edges. Very minimal writing or notations in margins not affecting the text. Possible clean ex-library copy, with their stickers and or stamp(s). Seller Inventory # 2809647743