Rethinking Alzheimer's Care

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This provocative book revolutionizes the way care is understood and provided to people with Alzheimer's disease. Now you can revitalize and humanize your approaches to Alzheimer's care to better sustain quality of life throughout the course of the disease. Appropriate for all settings providing long-term care, adult day services, or assisted living, this fresh and humanistic approach to Alzheimer's care will encourage caregivers to rethink the disease experience and explore its possibilities, instead of its limitations. Rethinking Alzheimer's Care encourages readers to reconsider the meaning of home, reshape the environment, recreate a philosophy of care, redesign care programs, and more. Thought-provoking exercises throughout the text help you or your staff explore and implement new ways of caring that stress the importance of preserving dignity, autonomy, and the emotional health of people with Alzheimer's disease. Let this inspiring resource be your call to action.

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Sam Fazio, Ph.D., has a doctorate in Developmental Psychology from Loyola University Chicago. He has worked for the Alzheimer's Association National Headquarters since 1994 in a variety of areas including Education and Training and Program Services. He currently works as Director of Medical and Scientific Relations where he oversees the international research conferences, scientific journal, and social/behavioral research initiatives. Sam also is involved in several research projects with older adults in the Chicagoland area related to the persistence of self, person-centered care, and health and wellness. Prior to working for the Association, Sam worked for Rush Presbyterian St. Luke's Medical Center at the Alzheimer's Family Care Center-an adult day center specifically designed for people with dementia. Sam has worked in the field of aging since 1987 and has a broad range of experience including leadership and management, working with older adults and families, and direct care. He has presented both nationally and internationally, as well as published several journal articles and book chapters. Sam is also the co-author of the book Rethinking Alzheimer's Care.

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"This is a soulful look at the values and practice of dementia care. Fazio, Seman and Stansell have made a significant contribution to the growing literature on person-centered care." (Daniel Kuhn, M.S.W., Education Director, Rush Alzheimer's Disease Center 2001-01-01)

“A visionary book from three leaders in the field of dementia care, chock full of ideas for rethinking our services for people with dementia.” (David Troxel, M.P.H., Co-author, The Best Friends Approach to Alzheimer’s Care; Executive Director Santa Barbara Alzheimer’s Association 2001-01-01)

“The book’s message is ... ‘recognize and connect with the person with dementia rather than focus on symptoms of the disease’ and the book successfully conveys that message.” (Activities, Adaptation & Ag 2001-01-01)

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