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EP 853 Taking Care of Someone with Dementia (and Yourself)

Summary: Caregivers of Alzheimer's and dementia patients can suffer from a host of their own issues, including fatigue, financial hardship, emotional trauma and more.
Air Date: 8/29/17
Duration: 26:18
Host: Michael Roizen, MD
Guest Bio: Peter V. Rabins, MD, MPH
Peter-RabinsPeter V. Rabins, MD, MPH, is a professor of the practice in the Erickson School of Aging Management Services at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

He was the founding director of the geriatric psychiatry program and the first holder of the Richman Family Professorship of Alzheimer Disease and Related Disorders in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is a professor of psychiatry, with joint appointments in medicine, mental health, and health policy and management, co-director of the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neuropsychiatry, and director 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.

Dr. Rabins is the Richman Family Professor of Alzheimer's and Related Diseases, in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. He is also the Co-Director of the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neuropsychiatry. His research focuses on the effectiveness of current treatments for Alzheimer's disease (AD), development of measures of quality of life in persons with AD, and the care of patients in late stage dementia.

He is the co-author of The 36-Hour Day, a book about caring for patients with dementia, now in its fourth printing.
  • Book Title: The 36-Hour Day
EP 853 Taking Care of Someone with Dementia (and Yourself)
More than 15 million Americans provide unpaid care for a friend or family member with Alzheimer's or dementia. Caregivers can suffer from a host of their own issues, including fatigue, financial hardship, emotional trauma and more.

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To help caregivers better manage their own health as well as their loved one's health, Dr. Peter Rabins co-wrote The 36-Hour Day in 1981. Now in its sixth edition, this guide is updated with the latest dementia research on medication, causes, managing early stages and prevention.

Tune in to hear Dr. Roizen discuss with Dr. Rabins how to balance work and caregiving, finding appropriate living arrangements, managing meals and eating, as well as the medical, legal, financial and emotional aspects... from dealing with baffling, unpredictable symptoms to finding a support group.
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