Like a What to Expect When You're Expecting for dementia, Living in the Moment offers a comprehensive, easy-to-follow guide to understanding Alzheimer’s and other brain diseases, and what to do next. For caregivers and patients alike, renowned geriatrician Dr. Elizabeth Landsverk offers a path for patients to live a healthy and full life with dementia.
A loved one’s dementia diagnosis can leave you feeling scared and overwhelmed. But you are not alone. Dr. Elizabeth Landsverk, founder of ElderConsult Geriatric Medicine, has led thousands of patients through a brain disease diagnosis, equipping them with knowledge, tools, and support to help them live happy and engaged lives. She shares her expertise in this practical reference that offers helpful explanations, advice, and guidance through an often confusing and challenging new landscape.
Dr. Landsverk’s advice covers understanding the disease itself to managing a patient’s aggression and paranoia, from protecting against elder abuse to creating a long-range plan for patients and caregivers that includes home care, assisted living, and hospice care. LIVING IN THE MOMENT promises a plan that will minimize medication, treat pain, and relieve agitation, without falling back on standard medical approaches.
Here is everything you need to know about caring for your loved one and making his or her life the best possible, starting now. You’ll learn:
* How to recognize the earliest dementia changes
How to create a plan of action for today—and tomorrow—that will help to manage this new normal
Innovative new activities, and holistic interventions that can slow the progression of dementia
Comprehensive information on both prescription and OTC medications that can help or hurt dementia patients
Dealing with day-to-day challenges, from staying mobile to overcoming agitation and aggression without resorting to sedation
A guide to understanding powerful medications that are often prescribed, and do not work
How to relieve pain and calm agitation – without sedation or drugs
How to keep your vulnerable loved one safe and secure—both physically and financially
How and where to get help, including online support groups, home health care agencies, care managers, neuropsychologists, communities and day programs for people with dementia, and government agencies
Tips on keeping your loved one at home versus placement
Dr. Landsverk demystifies the ins and outs of dementia, explaining what it is and what it’s not, making sure you and your loved one will be ready to address whatever develops and maintain quality of life. Uniquely, Living in the Moment will transform how you think about dementia, providing comfort and support for the best life possible—at any stage.
About the Author
Elizabeth Landsverk, MD is the founder of ElderConsult Geriatric Medicine, a house-call practice, and Dr Liz Geriatrics, an online education and telehealth provider. Dr Landsverk has been triple-board-certified in internal medicine, geriatric medicine, and palliative care medicine and has served both as an assistant professor of medicine at University of California, San Francisco and as a consultant for the San Francisco Elder Abuse Forensics Center. Through her house-call practice, Dr. Landsverk has helped thousands of elders. As an expert in managing dementia agitation without sedation, she's kept many of those patients, deemed “unplaceable,” from eviction or languishing in the hospital. She’s now distilling that knowledge and more into practical, easily implemented tips and processes. Through Dr Liz Geriatrics, she and her team provide direct advice and support to individual families along with educating healthcare workers, lawyers, guardians, and anyone else who works professionally with elders. For more information, visit DrLizGeriatrics.com.
Praise for Living in the Moment
“This book is great for caregivers, but it’s also an essential read for anyone who’s in any way related to re dementia patient. Find “Living in the Moment” and keep it handy.” —Philadelphia Tribune
Dr Landsverk makes navigating the medical and behavioral challenges for a loved one with dementia a bit easier to comprehend. The book explains what is happening, what is likely to happen, and how to do the right thing along the way. Recommended to family members who suspect their loved one might have dementia, essential to those with new diagnosis and nowhere to turn, validating and reassuring those who are already on the dementia journey with a loved one. —KJ Page, Gerontology RN, ED, Joint Commission Nursing Center Policy
A valuable resource…[this] book is essential for understanding a confusing disease and navigating the medical, legal, and financial challenges for these vulnerable elders. Everyone needs this book. —Kim Schwarz, CLPF, past president, Professional Fiduciary Association
Dr. Landsverk reveals the secrets to medical and personal care with people with dementia. Her insights tell you what to expect and how to fix things so people with dementia - and their loved ones - can live their best lives. —Marsha L. Keeffer, CLPF, partner, Practical Heart Fiduciary Services