The Alzheimer’s Medical Advisor
by Maggie Kraft, MSW
The Area 1 Agency on Aging has a limited supply of The Alzheimer’s Medical Advisor: A Caregiver’s Guide to Common Medical and Behavioral Signs and Symptoms in Person’s with Dementia.
This guide was developed by Philip D. Sloane, MD, MPH with a grant from the National Institute of Nursing Research. It is the result of a five year collaborative effort between experts at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Duke University, and a group of family caregiver advisors.
The Alzheimer’s Medical Advisor complements existing caregiver resources by adding a strong medical symptom management focus. Family caregivers who are taking on on increasingly complex health care responsibilities will appreciate the accessible of the Advisor.
The first chapters discuss Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia and how to care for yourself when helping someone. There is a good explanation of when to use different advanced directives to ensure decisions respect the wishes of the person with dementia.
The Alzheimer’s Medical Advisor is user friendly. Health issues are discussed clearly and concisely. A user can look up any issue and learn basic facts about the condition, tips on providing care at home, and how to recognize and respond to an emergency.
There are chapters on medication safety and management as well as the health care system and what each level of care offers. Important information on care options available at the end of life is also included.
Most caregivers don’t have time or inclination to sit and read a caregiving book cover to cover. This resource is designed with most caregivers in mind. It is by no means light reading, but it is concise and easy to understand.
The A1AA is providing this resource at no cost to family caregivers while supplies last. Recipients will be asked to agree to a short follow-up telephone survey within three months. Donations toward the cost of the book are welcome to help A1AA purchase additional copies. The Alzheimer’s Medical Advisor is available at the A1AA offices at 434 7th Street, Eureka and at the Del Norte Senior Center 1765 Northcrest Drive, Crescent City. We are unable to mail copies.