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New book offering tips for caring for a loved one with dementia

09 September 2016

A book offering advice on caring for a loved one with dementia at home has been released.

Confidence to Care focuses on the most common issues associated with caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

The resource which is published by Home Instead Senior Care aims to helps family carers deal with caregiving situations they never thought they would have to face by offering “simple tips”.

Each chapter begins with a relevant and moving real-life family caregiver story.

Ed Murphy, Founder and CEO of Home Instead Senior Care in Ireland said:  “One of our first experiences with Alzheimer’s disease involved a lady who refused to change her clothes.

Marion insisted on wearing the same grey trousers every day, all day. Eventually her caregiver bought her a duplicate pantsuit and that was all that was needed to encourage her to change into a fresh set of clothes. It’s simple tips like this that are included in the book – everyday advice that make the caregiving experience slightly less daunting.”

Mr Murphy added: “Without understanding what triggers the behaviours associated with dementia, or knowing practical techniques to help counter them, it’s easy for family caregivers to feel overwhelmed. But discovering simple tips can mean the difference between endless frustration and a positive care experience”. 

The book combines personal stories with practical techniques drawn from caregiving experiences from family caregivers and professional Home Instead caregivers and internationally recognised experts.
Confidence to Care highlights the importance of the caring for the caregiver as well as caring for the person living with Alzheimer’s or dementia. It provides support in dealing with a range of dementia-related symptoms such as aggression and anger; agitation and anxiety and bedtime struggles and sleep problems.

Confusion and memory loss, delusions, false accusations and paranoia, medication mismanagement,

mood changes, repetition, sexually inappropriate behaviour, social withdrawal and wandering

 are discussed in the book.

All profits from this book will be donated to dementia-related organisations and causes. The Irish edition of the book is available in paperback and Kindle edition from for €9.45.

September is World Alzheimer’s Month, an international campaign dedicated to raising awareness and challenging the stigma associated with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.   

There are an estimated 55,000 people living in Ireland with a form of dementia and 63 per cent of these people are living at home in the community.

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