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Preface. Acknowledgments. Special Acknowledgment. THE CAREGIVER EXPERIENCE. What Is Alzheimer's Disease? Symptoms and Phases of Alzheimer's Disease. Depression and the Person with Alzheimer's Disease. Possible Causes of Alzheimer's Disease. Six Common Myths About Alzheimer's. Coping: A Step-by-Step Guide to the Caregiver's Experience. From Family Care to Alzheimer's Care: Preparing for Caregiving. Understanding Behavioral Changes. Stages of Family Adjustment. Family Responses to Care. Values, Beliefs, and the Caregiver Experience. How to Respond Positively to Alzheimer's Behaviors. Depression and the Alzheimer's Caregiver. Coping with Ongoing Caregiver Stress. Exploring Community Resources. RESEARCH AND TREATMENT. Abnormal Changes in the Brain. Treatment Possibilities. Psychiatric Medications and Dementia. An Afterword. Appendix A: Worksheets. Appendix B: Self-Help Groups and Organizations That Can Help. Appendix C: Internet and World Wide Web Resources. Biblography. Index.

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HOWARD GRUETZNER, M.E., is the Director of the Heart of Texas Region Mental Health Mental Retardation Center----Elder Services. He is also the founder of the Alzheimer's Family Support Group in the region. He conducts seminars on dementia and other geriatric mental health problems.


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