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Take your oxygen first : protecting your health and happiness while caring for a
Leeza Gibbons and James Huysman and Rosemary DeAngelis Laird
Adult Nonfiction RC521 .G53 2009

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ContentsPage
Forewordp. xvii
Introduction - My Family - And Yoursp. xxi
About Leeza's Placep. xxxi
Acknowledgementsp. xxxiii
Part I - Knowledge Is Power
1 - Why "Take Your Oxygen First"?p. 5
2 - Understanding Memory Loss Disordersp. 11
The Brainp. 13
How We Thinkp. 16
How Memories are Madep. 16
What is Degenerative Memory Loss?p. 17
Vascular dementiap. 18
Lewy Body diseasep. 18
Frontotemporal labar dementiap. 19
Creutzfeldt-Jakob diseasep. 20
Alzheimer's diseasep. 20
Diagnosing Alzheimer's diseasep. 21
Is Alzheimer's disease Inherited?p. 22
The Symptoms of Alzheimer's diseasep. 23
Early Stage Symptomsp. 25
Middle Stage Symptomsp. 28
Late Stage Symptomsp. 31
Treatment for Alzheimer's diseasep. 33
Education - The Payoffp. 35
3 - Finding Helpp. 37
Step 1 - Get Close to Your Loved Onep. 39
Step 2 - Connect With the Professionalsp. 41
Step 3 - Learn the Facts and the Optionsp. 42
Step 4 - Plan Aheadp. 45
Step 5 - Stay Calm and Focused - No Matter What They Throw at Youp. 45
Step 6 - Reach Out For Help from the Communityp. 44
Finding Help - The Payoffp. 48
Part II - Caring For the Caregiver's Body
4 - The Benefits of Exercisep. 53
How Exercise Helps Usp. 54
Getting Startedp. 55
What Kind of Exercise Should You Do?p. 58
Exercise Classesp. 59
Tai Chip. 60
Yogap. 61
Water Exercisesp. 62
Exercising With Your Loved Onep. 63
Avoiding Physical Injury While Caregivingp. 64
Special Caregiver Needs: Strengthening the Back, Neck and Shoulder Musclesp. 65
The Caregiver Exercise Circuitp. 66
Back Strengthening Exercisesp. 66
Neck and Shoulder Exercisesp. 67
What Keeps You From Working Outp. 68
Physical Fitness - The Payoffp. 68
5 - Eating Wellp. 71
What is Nutrition?p. 72
What is a Healthy Diet?p. 73
A Word about Waterp. 74
Fruits and Vegetablesp. 75
Whole Grainsp. 76
Dietary Oilsp. 77
What's the Skinny on Diets?p. 78
What is the Truth About Vitamins?p. 78
What is a Healthy Diet for Seniors?p. 80
Update Your Food Pyramidp. 80
Nutrition and Weight - The Payoffp. 81
6 - Brain Fitness and Sleepp. 83
How the Brain Agesp. 85
Is It Normal Aging or a Memory Loss Disorder?p. 86
Caregivers and the "Senior Moment Syndrome"p. 87
Does Brain Exercise Work?p. 89
Relaxp. 90
Get Movingp. 91
Don't Retire From Lifep. 91
Socializep. 92
Brain Fitness - The Payoffp. 92
Sleep is Good - When You Can Get Itp. 94
Insomniap. 96
What Causes Insomnia?p. 96
Sleep and the Older Caregiverp. 98
Discovering the Problemp. 100
A Good Night's Sleep - The Payoffp. 101
Part III - Caring for the Caregiver's Mind
7 - Coping with Depression and Anxietyp. 105
Depressionp. 105
Recognizing Depressionp. 110
Treating Depressionp. 111
Beyond-Depression: The Payoffp. 114
Anxietyp. 115
What is Anxiety?p. 116
The Symptoms of Anxietyp. 117
Treating Anxietyp. 118
Medicationp. 118
Therapyp. 119
Lifestyle Changesp. 119
Stress Management Techniquesp. 120
Managing Anxiety - The Payoffp. 122
8 - Overcoming Denial and Guiltp. 123
Denialp. 123
Waking Up from Denialp. 126
Banishing Denial: The Payoffp. 129
Guiltp. 129
Conquering Guiltp. 134
Beyond Guilt - The Payoffp. 135
9 - Managing Angerp. 137
Working Through the Angerp. 140
Managing Anger - The Payoffp. 143
Part IV - Caring for the Caregiver's Spirit
10 - Nourishing Your Family's Spirit - And Your Ownp. 147
Intergenerational Programs: The Tools for Family Connectionp. 151
Scrapbookingp. 152
Journalingp. 157
Stampingp. 158
Memory Television: A Video Starring You and Your Loved Onep. 160
Step 1 - Scriptwritingp. 162
Step 2 - Set Designp. 162
Step 3 - Action!p. 162
Connecting as a Family - The Payoffp. 163
11 - Caregiving as a Spiritual Practicep. 165
Finding Meaning in Your Lifep. 167
Accepting the Painp. 168
Living the Why of Caregivingp. 173
Finding Meaning in Caregiving - The Payoffp. 181
Afterword: Goodbye to Jeanp. 183
Resourcesp. 186
Appendix: Special Caregiver Situationsp. 206
About the Authorsp. 219
Indexp. 221


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