It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when your loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia. The symptoms and progression of the disease vary from person to person, and there is so much you need to know in order to make the best decisions for care. In Alzheimer’s Matters, Dr. Baumgardner explains what families can expect at each stage of the disease, from pre-diagnosis to end-of-life. Dr. Baumgardner’s own grandmother, mother, and two uncles battled the disease, and her first-hand experience as her mother’s caregiver is an honest and unflinching look at how Alzheimer’s disease impacts all members of the family.
Dr. Baumgardner explores the latest research on Alzheimer’s disease, diagnosis, medications and treatment options, when and where to access clinical trials, housing options and long-term care, financial considerations, the importance of advance directives, and end-of-life care and bereavement issues. As the founder of Alzheimer’s Matters, a company dedicated to improving the quality of life, care, and support for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, she advocates for person-centered care approaches. Even when the dementia is most severe, your loved one can still experience joy, comfort, and meaning in life. Armed with the critical knowledge and resources they need, caregivers can face this difficult disease with compassion, confidence and resilience.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Dr. Baumgardner wrote this book on Alzheimer's disease, after caring for her mother, who passed away from Alzheimer's in June of 2017. While she also founded a company called Alzheimer's Matters during the same year, she recently needed to dissolve the company based upon complications that arose due to COVID. However, Dr. Baumgardner remains devoted to communicating about Alzheimer's in a number of fashions, including through this website. She is currently working on a second book on Alzheimer's disease. She speaks at conferences and on various podcasts.
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