When The 36-Hour Day by Nancy L. Mace and Peter V. Rabins was first published in 1981, this indispensable guide for families caring for people with Alzheimer disease was immediately recognized as the best handbook of its kind, enthusiastically recommended by physicians, friends, and family members. Changes in the treatment of Alzheimer disease necessitated a revised edition in 1991. And in the eight years since then, nearly every aspect of caring for people with Alzheimer disease has been transformed, from advances in the diagnosis and treatment of the disease, theories about its cause and research into methods of prevention, the nature of the health care industry and medical insurance, and the resources available to families caring for a person with Alzheimer disease.
Readers will find in the third edition of The 36-Hour Day the latest information on: the financing and delivery of care in today's health care marketplace; the genetics of Alzheimer disease, which has special importance for family members who may be concerned about their risk of developing the disease; recent trends in research on the treatment of Alzheimer and about other dementia-causing diseases; new drug treatments which hold promise for improving the quality of life for persons with dementia; testing people for Alzheimer disease; eating and nutrition; assisted living facilities and hospice care; recent books, videos, and websites where families can find educational or comforting information; the addresses, telephone numbers, and websites of Alzheimer organizations and state agencies on aging.
The one component of The 36-Hour Day which has not changed in any edition is the human element of living with the illness and caring for people with Alzheimer disease, from day-to-day problems (personal hygiene, wandering, and irritability, for example) to major decisions families will have to face: telling a parent that they may no longer be able to live alone, placing a family member in a nursing home, or coping when a spouse develops the symptoms of Alzheimer disease.