by Madaleine Lippert
Note: Each issue of Dimensions features a contribution from one of the Alzheimer's groups in Washington. This article is reprinted with permission from the Alzheimer Society of Washington.
The Alzheimer Society of Washington (ASW) is a non-profit organization based in Bellingham, Wash. that provides a number of services to the community including public advocacy, outreach and edu-cation.The ASW Lending Library is one of the educational resources they provide. The library currently has over 100 videos and 250 books. The books and videos are available to loan for a two-week period. Materials are available for use by everyone, and may be mailed out to ASW members. The following books are some of the most recent additions to the Lending Library:
We Rage, We Weep. By June Fuller Moulton, 2000.
A rural caregiver's touching and revealing experience coping with her husband's diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease. She writes from her heart about nine of the symptoms of the disease, telling how they affected her and her husband, Rusty.
Geriatric Residential Care. Edited by Robert D. Hill, Brian L. Thorn, John Bowing and Anthony Morrison, 2002.
The goal of this book is to examine concepts of residential care to facilitate the development of a model of residential care that maximizes the issues of quality of life, preservation of the person's identity, autonomy and personal well-being in the presence of the declining physical and emotional changes that are experienced by the person living into advanced age. The book is designed for professionals who are involved in the administration, planning, and care of long-term care residents.
Job Description: Angel. By Lydia Lee Garrett, 2002.
This book is written for the professional in-home caregiver. It is a useful resource that tells where to start, how to enter the field, what to do, and offers valuable information to improve ones professional skills, or even start an in-home health care registry service. This book could also be helpful for the family member who seeks an in-home caregiver, in learning what they should expect from a professional in-home caregiver.
Caregiving at a Glance: Fingertip Help for Families Taking Care of People with Alzheimer's-Type Illnesses. By Lin E. Noyes, Family Respite Center, 2000.
A guide for family caregivers which provides quick and easy explanations as to why behavior may happen and offers suggestions of things to try to make the day-to-day care of a person with dementia easier. Being able to use creativity, common sense and a sense of humor in coping with the long, hard, full-time job of caregiving can be one's greatest strength. Any caregiver would find help in the pages of this guide. For more information about the ASW lending library, call 1-800-493-3959 and ask for Lynn.