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A Deeper Perspective on Alzheimer's and Other Dementias


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Table of Contents

1 - The Foundation and Vision of Dementia Care
2 - First Contact with Memory Loss
3 - Introduction to a Philosophical Stance
4 - What I Understand about Dis-ease
5 - Encountering Chronic Illness
6 - Dementia as It Relates to the Elderly
7 - Advocates for More Humanized Care
8 - Recapitulation and Letting Go
9 - Describing the Stages of Dementia
Stage 1: Loss of Adult learning, The Early Stage
Stage 2: Loss of Adolescent Learning, The Early Mid Stage
Stage 3: Loss of Childhood Learning, The Late Mid Stage
Stage 4: Loss of Infant Learning, The Late Stage
Terminal Phase- Preparing for Transitioning
10 - The Boundaries of Quality of Life
11 - Alzheimer's as a Way of Living More Than One Life at a Time
12 - Alzheimer's As a Way of Allowing Matriarch and Patriarch Roles
to Transition to the Next Generation
13 - Alzheimer's as an Opportunity to Be Cared For
14 - Alzheimer's as a Way to Escape an Unbearable Situation
15 - Alzheimer's as a Different Opportunity: The Medicine Wheel
16 - Alzheimer's as a Way of Denying Change
17 - Alzheimer's as a Way to Let Others Go On To What Is Next
18 - Alzheimer's as a Path to Learning Compassion
19 - Alzheimer's as a Way to Teach Compassion and Introspection
20 - Self Care
21 - The Importance of Humor
22 - When Does It End?
23 - Conclusion
Appreciation and Gratitude
Appendix: A Little History and Guidance on Medications for Behaviors

About the Author

Alzheimer's specialist Megan Carnarius, RN, is known for her warmly human touch in working with people with dementia and those who love them. Trained in Europe and the United States, she has international perspective and 25 years' experience in designing and running memory care settings. In 1989, Megan Carnarius managed the first skilled memory care nursing setting in Boulder County. She started consulting in memory care design in 1996 and continues to assist owners with building designs as well as program and operational development. Megan also served on the Alzheimer's education committee for 15 years. She is a sought-after family consultant, professional trainer, and lecturer.


"A Deeper Perspective on Alzheimer's and other Dementias is unlike most other books on the subject in that it doesn't relate the predictable progression of Alzheimer's or the strain on caregivers, but focuses instead on how to create an improved quality of life for everyone affected, at each stage of the disease. It's highly recommended for caregivers and families dealing with dementia and shows how to cultivate a sense of love, life, and support in the process of caregiving, right up to the final stages of the disease. Megan Carnarius has a professional background in caring (as a registered nurse, licensed nursing home administrator, and massage therapist with some 25 years' experience running memory care facilities) and links the different stages of dementia to different aspects of its care, offering tools that embrace the spiritual implications and challenges of illness as much as the physical and psychological stresses involved. The result is far more wide-ranging than most, and a top recommendation (above most others) for the position of 'most practical, useful' guide, packed with tools caregivers need to know about." * D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review *

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