Alzheimer Disease and Aggression
A Guide for Caregivers

Michael Stones, Jennifer Ghent-Fuller, Michael Bell,  

Captus Press, ISBN 978-1-896691-35-0 (1997)
144 pages, 210 g, 6 X 9, $14.95 (US$14.95)

This book is aimed to redress the lack of accessible information about Alzheimer disease and aggression. Whether readers are professional caregivers, such as home care practitioners, or informal caregivers, such as family members, they will find invaluable information in this book concerning frequent causes of aggression, triggers and solutions.

Becoming an effective caregiver means learning to understand the new and changing world of the person with Alzheimer disease and responding to that world with empathy, compassion, good humour, and creativity. This book tries to show caregivers how to interpret that world, and how to manage and communicate effectively with a person who inhabits it.

A book about problem behaviour always runs the risk of portraying only negative aspects. An overemphasis on negatives may seem to reduce a person with Alzheimer disease to a bundle of problems in need of solutions. To balance between positives and negatives, the authors have interspersed among the chapters, short passages on two fictional characters, Sarah and John. The experiences of Sarah and John reflect the commonly encountered emotions and situations between people with AD and their caregivers -- mostly family members. Through these two characters, the authors hope to convey a message that though caregiving may have its downside, it brings abundant joys too. After all, the person being cared for is a loved one; an individual who fully deserves only the best in times of need.

To help readers wanting to undertake an in-depth study of Alzheimer disease and aggression, the book has included an extensive list of recent references from the research and professional literature of the past decade. Readers who are currently caring for a person with AD will find the list of agencies and support groups, which provide a variety of assistance, included at the end of the book, helpful.

Table of Contents   top

  • Prologue
  • Acknowledgements
  • Notes on Style
  • The experience of Alzheimer disease
  • Research on Alzheimer disease and aggression
  • Basic advice on communication and interaction
  • Calming an aggressive person with AD
  • The use of restraint
  • Bathing
  • Caregiver relief
  • Institutionalization
  • Happier endings
  • Bibliography
  • Provincial, Local, and International Alzheimer Societies
  • About the Authors

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Michael Stones, Ph.D., was born and educated in England and has lived and researched in Canada since 1974. A prodigious author, he has written or co-authored five books and has published in excess of one hundred scientific articles. Michael is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay; he is well known internationally for his work in Gerontology. Recently he has developed his artistic side creating wonderful collages with Photoshop. He will be exhibiting in the U.S. in 2005.

Jennifer Ghent-Fuller has a M.N. from the University of Western Ontario. she has extensive experience working with Alzheimer patients in a nursing capacity and has developed innovative procedures to help caregivers deal with aggression.

Michael Bell has Master's degree in psychology from Memorial university of Newfoundland. He is currently pursuing doctoral work at the University of Waterloo.

Olga Mallot obtained a Ph.D. from the University of Windsor and is the director of the Alzheimer Research and Education Program at the University of Waterloo. She has worked on Alzheimer issues for many years.

Leah Clyburn has Master's degree in psychology from the University of Prince Edward Island. She is currently pursuing doctoral work at the University of Waterloo.

Lee Stones, originally from Newfoundland, has been involved in Gerontology research and community development around the issues relating to aging for well over twenty years. Residing in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Lee is the Northern Consultant for the Ontario Elder Abuse Prevention Strategy. She is also the web master for Lee has co-authored two books, written six performed plays and is currently working on a semi-spoof cookbook entitled Viagra Soup & Other Romantic Recipes. She has written advice columns for many years.

Pam Kalopak has a degree in Health Studies from the University of Waterloo.