Caring for a Loved One with Dementia: A Mindfulness-Based Guide for Reducing Stress and Making the Best of Your Journey Together

Caring for a Loved One with Dementia: A Mindfulness-Based Guide for Reducing Stress and Making the Best of Your Journey Together

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Overview

If you’re caring for a loved one with dementia, you know firsthand the challenge of providing care while maintaining your own well-being. Caring for a Loved One with Dementia offers a compassionate and effective mindfulness-based dementia care (MBDC) guide to help you reduce stress, stay balanced, and bring ease into your interactions with the person with dementia.

In this book, you’ll learn how to approach caring with calm, centered presence; respond to your loved one with compassion; and maintain authentic communication, even in the absence of words. Most importantly, you’ll discover ways to manage the grief, anger, depression, and other emotions often associated with dementia care, so you can find strength and meaning in each moment you spend with your loved one.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781626251571
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Publication date: 02/02/2016
Pages: 200
Sales rank: 229,304
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Marguerite Manteau-Rao, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker specializing in bringing new, innovative solutions to the field of dementia care. She is CEO of the Presence Care Project and was founder of the Mindfulness-Based Dementia Care program at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. She is also cofounder of Neurocern, a software company aimed at empowering dementia caregivers with neuroscience-based, person-centered care solutions. Manteau-Rao is also a contributor to The Huffington Post.

Foreword writer Kevin Barrows, MD, is clinical professor of family and community medicine at the School of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. He is founder and director of mindfulness programs at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, where he helps patients cope with the stress of everyday life and illness.

Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Introduction 1

1 Dementia Care, Stress, and Mindfulness 4

2 Finding Out for Yourself: Practicing Mindfulness 19

3 Being with Grief 36

4 From Caregiver to Care Partnering 52

5 Coming to Your Senses 71

6 Tending the Heart 89

7 Clearing the Mind 105

8 Learning to Communicate 125

9 Responding to Distress and Challenging Situations 142

10 Putting Yourself First 163

11 Reaping All the Fruit 178

Resources 194

References 197

Interviews

Manteau-Rao resides in Palo Alto, CA.

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