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36-Hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring for People Who Have Alzheimer Disease, Other Dementias, and Memory Loss 6ed

by Nancy Mace and Peter Rabins Johns Hopkins University Press
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Through five editions, The 36-Hour Day has been the "bible" for families who love and care for people with Alzheimer disease. This book offers much-needed information and support to millions of people throughout the world. Whether a person has Alzheimer disease, vascular dementia, or another form of dementia, he or she will struggle with independent living and most likely face medical, behavioral, mood, and legal and financial problems. This essential resource will help family members and caregivers address all of these challenges and simultaneously cope with their own emotions and needs.


Thoroughly revised and updated, this sixth edition features easy-to-see take-away messages about every aspect of caregiving. Informed by new research into the causes of dementia and the search for therapies to prevent or cure dementia, this edition also includes new and expanded information on


• what we know about how to prevent dementia and the diseases that cause dementia;

• new high-tech and low-tech devices to make life simpler and safer for people who have dementia;

• behavioral and neuropsychiatric symptoms;

• strategies for delaying symptoms in a person who has dementia;

• changes in Medicare and other health care insurance laws;

• changes in banking practices with regard to competency;

• palliative care, hospice care, durable power of attorney, and guardianship;

• Continuing Care at Home programs;

• Parkinson’s related dementia;

• dementia due to traumatic brain injury

• choosing and moving a person to residential care; and

• support groups for caregivers, friends, and family members


The central idea underlying the book - that much can be done to improve the lives of people with dementia and of those caring for them - remains the same. Still very much the book readers turn to, this fresh edition of The 36-Hour Day is the definitive guide for those who continue to love someone even after he or she has been changed by dementia.




1. Dementia

2. Getting Medical Help for the Person Who Has Dementia

3. Characteristic Behavioral Symptoms in People Who Have Dementia

4. Problems in Independent Living

5. Problems Arising in Daily Care

6. Medical Problems

7. Managing the Behavioral and Neuropsychiatric Symptoms of Dementia

8. Symptoms Associated with Mood Change and Suspiciousness

9. Special Arrangements if you Become Ill

10. Getting Outside Help

11. You and the person Who Has Dementia

12. How Caring for a Person Who Has Dementia Affects You

13. Caring for Yourself

14. For Children and Teenagers

15. Financial and Legal Issues

16. Long-Term Care Arrangements

17. Preventing and Delaying Cognitive Decline

18. Brain Disorders and the Causes of Dementia

19. Research in Dementia


"We yearn for the day when there is no Alzheimer’s, no Alzheimer patients, and no Alzheimer caregivers. Until then, there is The 36-Hour Day." — Jeffrey Cummings, MD, ScD, Director, Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health


"Having lived the chapter and verse of The 36-Hour Day for twenty years, I know how this book empowers families with constructive and compassionate advice. This new edition offers definitive testament to the slow destructive force of Alzheimer’s disease and how it challenges families caring for loved ones with dementia. It is a must read by all those who serve our aging generation." — Meryl Comer, author of Slow Dancing with a Stranger: Lost and Found in the Age of Alzheimer’s


"Thorough and compassionate, offering accessible information and practical advice, The 36-Hour Day is a necessary resource for families living with dementia. Still the gold standard, this book is the trusted reference that families turn to first—and over and over—for guidance and support in caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease." — Lisa Genova, author of Still Alice


"From its knowing title to its knows-everything contents, The 36-Hour Day "gets" what you're going through. This encyclopedia of dementia care misses no aspect of life affected, from tough behaviors to challenged relationships to medication decisions  — describing each with both the honesty and compassion we caregivers deeply need." — Paula Spencer Scott, author of Surviving Alzheimer's: Practical Tips and Soul-Saving Wisdom for Caregivers


"The 36-Hour Day, 6th edition, serves as an essential guidebook full of detailed, practical, and compassionate advice for those caring for a PWD. This edition, released 36 years after the original, continues to provide relevant, practical, and up-to-date advice to those providing care to an individual with memory loss. The 36-Hour Day continues to serve as the gold-standard care guide for millions of dementia caregivers." — Kara B. Dassel, PhD, University of Utah, College of Nursing - The Gerontologist


"An excellent book for families who are caring for persons with dementia... A book that physicians can confidently recommend to the families of their patients." — Journal of the American Medical Association


"Excellent guidance and clear information of a kind that the family needs... The authors offer the realistic advice that sometimes it is better to concede the patient's frailties than to try to do something about them, and that a compassionate sense of humor often helps." — New York Times


"Both a guide and a legend." — Chicago Tribune


"An admirably realistic guide to caring for people with Alzheimer's." — New York Review of Books


"The best guide of its kind." — Chicago Sun-Times


"An excellent, practical manual for families and professionals involved in the care of persons with progressive illnesses... The book is specific and thought-provoking, and it will be helpful to anyone even remotely involved with an 'impaired' person... Highly recommended, especially for public and nursing libraries." — Library Journal


"Continues to be the 'bible' of recommendation for any caregiver whose family member suffers from dementia." — Bookwatch


"Recommended to all caregivers and families of persons with dementia as an indispensable source of valuable information on a very wide range of topics." — Case Management Journals


"An excellent guide with general information for family caregivers of persons with dementia... The text is person focused and describes the complexity and depth of the care required not only for persons with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia but also for caregivers." — Activities, Adaptation and Aging

Nancy L. Mace, M.A., now retired, was a consultant to and a member of the board of directors of the Alzheimer's Association and an assistant in psychiatry and coordinator of the T. Rowe and Eleanor Price Teaching Service of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.