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NEW in 2018:
Expanded & updated 2nd edition

The dementia-care guide recommended by doctors, social workers, and family caregivers

Comprehensive and compassionate, with a unique quick-scan format

Dozens of 5-star reviews

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Learn WHY behaviors happen and approaches you can TRY

Why does Dad ask the same question over and over? Is there a way to make shower time less of a battle? How can I get Mom to quit pacing? Why does my husband make things up? What do I do when she says, "I want to go home"?

Regain cooperation and calm by looking at these common challenges in a new way. Learning the "Why-This, Try-This" approach is like unlocking a secret file of solutions.

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Get 100s of problem-solving ideas from dementia-care experts & family caregivers

You don't just get one person's take in Surviving Alzheimer's. You get the insights and advice from dozens, including featured interviews with geriatrician Leslie Kernisan, MD, of; Teepa Snow of The Positive Approach to Care; Naomi Feil, creator of The Validation Method; Bob DeMarco, founder of Alzheimer's Reading Room; MacArthur grant winner Anne Basting; neurologist Richard Isaacson, MD, founder of the Alzheimer's Prevention Clinic at Weill Cornell Medicine; Alzheimer's Association co-founder Lisa P. Gwyther of the Duke Family Support Program; David Troxel of the Best Friends Approach; TV host Leeza Gibbons, founder of the Leeza's Care Connection; and more.

Avoid getting sick or going crazy while helping someone with dementia--here's how

Whatever your care relationship and the size of your role, dementia care is like wrestling a 20-armed octopus. That's why Surviving Alzheimer's devotes extra space to the really hard emotions that can swamp us (like guilt and resentment).

You also get guidance on lowering family stress (from issues like criticism, lack of help, and disagreement) and fighting the soul-sucking lack of sleep, "me" time, and privacy that devil many caregivers.

What you WON'T read here: "Be sure to eat right, exercise, take a bath, blah blah blah yeah right...."

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Plan ahead with these hard-to-find essentials on end-of-life care

Alzheimer's tends to be a "long goodbye." It's natural to wonder about life expectancy and so useful to know what to expect once someone reaches very advanced dementia.

Coming in the 2nd edition (available early 2018): Find out the key signs of decline, smart ways to navigate medical crises, and how you can bring comfort and avoid common distressing situations, right to the end.


Alzheimer's Association Recommended List of Books

"In this expanded second edition to include end-of-life care, Paula Spencer Scott covers the full gamut of insight and guidance on everyday care issues and those that surface only occasionally. Notable is the advice from experts in the field. "Why it happens," "Try this," and "To help you cope" sections repeat throughout the book to help caregivers focus on solutions quickly."

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"Regular doses of Paula Spencer Scott's supportive and instructive wisdom should be prescribed to every family member dealing with Alzheimer's. Her why-this, try-this approach is a winner. It's like a first-aid kit for stressed families."

     -- Lisa P. Gwyther, M.S.W., L.C.S.W., associate professor, Duke University School of Medicine, director of the Duke Family Support Program, and co-author, The Alzheimer's Action Plan

"I've never seen such an overwhelming positive response from family members and professionals to any book. They love the comforting, easy-to-understand language and rave about the well roundedness of the information and how empowering it is to apply the techniques. Truly a gift and tool for anyone dealing with a person or community of people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia."

—Lori La Bey, founder of Alzheimer's Speaks

"Every bit as good, if not better, than The 36 Hour Day, long considered the Bible on dementia care. This book is better organized and contains more detailed steps for area that often cause caregivers real problems, such as bathing. It is well research and written in a clear, easy to ready style. This is my new hand-out for my clients."

—Ann Eichenberger, owner and operator of the dementia-care business Daily Dementia Caregivers in Washington DC

"Paula Spencer Scott has a gift; she is one of the rare people who is able to write about complex medical topics and make them interesting and clear. In this book, she takes on one of the quiet crises of our time, the increasing number of people who are doing all they can to care for someone with dementia. All dementia caregivers need help. This book is the ultimate wonderful gift to the millions of families on the dementia-care treadmill. If you know one of these heroes, or if you're a caregiver yourself -- run, don't walk, to order it!"

     -- Kenneth Robbins, MD, MPH, clinical professor of psychiatry, University of Wisconsin, and geriatric psychiatrist

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