The 36-Hour Day
Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia presents unique challenges. The 36-Hour Day provides an invaluable resource for families navigating this difficult situation.
Books | Care | Alzheimer’s | Dementia
Understanding the Illness
The first section of the book offers a comprehensive overview of Alzheimer’s and dementia – the terminology, biology, symptoms, diagnosis process, and progression. This knowledge helps caregivers understand what their loved one is experiencing so they can provide better care. Topics covered include the impact on behavior, personality and emotions, communication challenges, sleep disturbances, and coping with late-stage complications. Knowing what to expect at each phase reduces anxiety.
Caring for the Caregiver
Caregiving can take an emotional and physical toll. The book devotes special attention to caregiver health – dealing with feelings of anger, guilt, grief, and isolation. Tips are offered on caring for oneself, reaching out for support, and managing relationships with family members. Legal and financial issues are also discussed, like powers of attorney, finances, and care facilities. Planning ahead is key to reducing stress.
Daily Caregiving Strategies
The heart of the book focuses on practical day-to-day care strategies. Detailed advice is provided on topics like managing activities, bathing, dressing, eating, medication, safety proofing the home, and responding to wandering or aggression. Communication and behavioral tips help connect with a loved one. Encouraging engagement and creating rituals can improve quality of life. The book is filled with compassionate guidance to make caregiving manageable.
For over 30 years, The 36-Hour Day has been the gold-standard guide to dementia caregiving. Its clear explanations, real-world solutions and sensitive tone provide families with the knowledge and tools needed to provide compassionate care amid a difficult illness. This empathetic resource transforms the caregiving journey.