Alzheimer’s Family Center Releases the First Three E-books in its New Series, A Practical Guide for Family Caregivers

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Alzheimer’s Family Center (AFC) has released the first three volumes of its new series of caregiver e-books, collectively entitled A Practical Guide for Family Caregivers. The just-released volumes are available on the AFC website at AFSCenter.org and can be downloaded free of charge. The series was made possible by the generous support of the Arthur N. Rupe Foundation.

Planned as a 10-book series, A Practical Guide for Family Caregivers explores different topics related to Alzheimer’s and memory loss ranging from getting a diagnosis to managing caregiver stress. The book series includes input from AFC’s staff of nurses, caregivers, and clinicians.

The first three volumes released are:

Assembling a Team for Your Journey – Provides information on gathering the right team of resources that every dementia caregiver needs and where to start looking.

Managing Behaviors – Discusses the typical and sometimes challenging behaviors that people with Alzheimer’s exhibit and learning the skills to successfully manage them.

How to Get a Diagnosis and What to do Next – Provides information on how to advocate for the health of yourself and your loved one, and the steps to take for diagnosis and treatment planning.

The books can be found at https://afscenter.org/care-for-caregivers/caregivers-ebooks/.

The next three volumes will be released in early 2018.

For further information, please contact Yasmin Kleinbart at (714) 593-1848.

About Alzheimer’s Family Center

Alzheimer’s Family Center (AFC) is Orange County’s only adult day health care facility dedicated exclusively to caring for dementia patients. AFC has a 37-year history of improving the quality of life of families challenged by memory loss, such as Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia. Patients benefit through customized programming tailored to the needs of each individual, from the earliest to the most advanced stages of dementia. Families find respite from the demands of caregiving, and the assurance that their loved one is receiving expert memory care, delivered with dignity and respect.

Recent studies show that AFC makes a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of its patients. Our patients experience over 50% fewer falls and a 33% reduction in emergency room visits within 12 months of enrollment in AFC’s programs. As a result, AFC family caregivers find the responsibilities of caregiving to be more manageable when their loved ones are home, away from the center. AFC also provides family caregivers with support and referrals to manage the medical, emotional, and financial challenges of caring for a memory-impaired loved one.

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Brad Bennett

Brad Bennett

Brad grew up in a small town in northern Iowa. He studied chemistry in college, graduated, and married his wife one month later. They were then blessed with two baby boys within the first four years of marriage. Having babies gave their family a desire to return to the old paths – to nourish their family with traditional, homegrown foods; rid their home of toxic chemicals and petroleum products; and give their boys a chance to know a simple, sustainable way of life. They are currently building a homestead from scratch on two little acres in central Texas. There’s a lot to be done to become somewhat self-sufficient, but they are debt-free and get to spend their days living this simple, good life together with their five young children.
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