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The reluctant caregivers : learning to care for a loved one with Alzheimer's
Hendershott, Anne B.
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Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Bergin & Garvey, [2000]

Physical Description:
xv, 148 pages ; 24 cm
1. Moving from denial to diagnosis -- 2. Family conflict and caregiving -- 3. Creating a safe environment -- 4. Children who care -- 5. Solutions for the reluctant caregivers -- 6. Family caregiving and the workplace -- 7. Does this run in the family -- 8. Caregiving and quality of life -- 9. Caregiving journey ends.
Reading Level:
1310 Lexile.
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RC523.2 .H456 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Although Hendershott has spent many years teaching and writing about the sociological aspects of aging, she writes that none of this could have prepared me for the overwhelming challenge of caring for my own mother-in-law in my home. She introduces baby boomers as the unexpected caregivers of the coming decades. The process of family denial about symptoms, work-family conflict, and the unique problems of children of caregivers are explored in an effort to find solutions to the caregiving challenge.

Social science research is made accessible and is coupled with anecdotal information gleaned from interactions with other caregivers and personal experience. Throughout the book, Hendershott shows family caregivers that by gaining insight into their motivations for caregiving and by drawing from family support and help from the community, they can move beyond maladaptive caregiving coping styles, to a rewarding reality-based caregiving experience.

Author Notes

Anne Hendershott is a Professor of Sociology at the University of San Diego and lives in San Diego, California, with her husband and children.

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The title aptly describes how Hendershott (sociology, Univ. of San Diego) learned to become a caregiver for her mother-in-law, who developed Alzheimer's. In addition to relating her personal experience, she employs newspaper articles, books, journal articles, and interactions with other caregivers to discuss the difficulties and positive adaptations she and other families have made. Caregiving exacts a toll on the primary caregiver as well as others in the family and workplace, but problems can be reduced with better coping and community support. Although most of the book discusses the caregiving aspect, Hendershott provides a useful chapter on the possible genetic aspects and cites reasons families might want to forgo genetic testing. In a chapter on quality of life, the author deplores euthanasia and assisted suicide for the Alzheimer's sufferer. She finds no reason that patients should ever be assisted in their own deaths. Prior wishes are discounted, and she sees the client who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's as lacking judgment to make the decision. Both the book and bibliography should be helpful to family caregivers and should be required reading for health professionals, undergraduate and graduate students, as well as general readers--all who work with families caring for an Alzheimer's patient. M. Flickinger; Clark State Community College

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introduction: Becoming a Caregiverp. ix
1 Moving from Denial to Diagnosisp. 1
2 Family Conflict and Caregivingp. 13
3 Creating a Safe Environmentp. 31
4 Children Who Carep. 51
5 Solutions for the Reluctant Caregiversp. 65
6 Family Caregiving and the Workplacep. 77
7 Does This Run in the Family?p. 93
8 Caregiving and Quality of Lifep. 105
9 The Caregiving Journey Endsp. 123
Appendix Resourcesp. 131
Bibliographic Essayp. 137
Indexp. 145