New Book Offers Caregivers Tips, Training about Alzheimer’s

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Rebecca Jarrard’s “When Alzheimer’s Touches A Family” is meant for caregivers.

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According to author Rebecca Jarrard, R.N., more than six million people have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia in the U.S. More than 73 percent of them are being cared for at home by family members. It is to those home caregivers that she offers “When Alzheimer's Touches A Family: A Layperson’s Guide to Caring for and Understanding the Person with Alzheimer’s or Dementia” (published by AuthorHouse).

Although the book does contain some medical language, Jarrard has written her text in a way intended to be accessible to the non-medical professional reader. Largely written in first person, as the except below shows, “When Alzheimer's Touches A Family” removes many of the confusing medical terms that obfuscate the issue.

An excerpt from “When Alzheimer's Touches A Family”:

“I believe knowledge is power and the knowledge you gain from this book will give you (the caregiver) the power to know and recognize and deal with behavioral, mood and temperament changes your loved one may go through. This book is in two parts; the first will explain the Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia while the second part will deal with the care of these fragile people and their behaviors.”

Jarrard’s mission with “When Alzheimer's Touches A Family” is largely educational. “I want readers to take away a compassion for the Alzheimer’s patient and a knowledge of the disease that will enable them to be better caregivers,” she says. “I want readers to understand just how difficult it is on the patient as well as themselves.”

About the Author
Rebecca Jarrard, R.N., is a past director of a 30-bed assisted living memory-impaired unit in Brick, New Jersey. She has worked in geriatric nursing for more than 15 years and has cared for many patients with Alzheimer’s and related dementias.

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