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A Leader's Manual for Dementia Care-Partner Support Groups
A Leader's Manual for Dementia Care-Partner Support Groups

A Leader's Manual for Dementia Care-Partner Support Groups


114 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $19.95 (US $19.95) (CA $26.95)

Publication Date: November 2020

ISBN 9781617222931

Rights: WOR

Companion Press (Nov 2020)

Price: $19.95


If you're thinking about starting a support group for dementia care partners, this leader's manual is for you

If you're thinking about starting a support group for dementia care partners, this downloadable leader's manual is for you. The Dementia Care Partner's Workbook is a new resource from Companion Press that is both a support group participant's manual and self-study guide for care partners who have a loved one with Alzheimer's disease or another form of dementia. Its ten concise lessons not only walk you through the types, brain biology, and progressive symptoms of dementia but also offer practical tips for managing behaviors, coping with emotional issues, prioritizing self-care, and planning ahead—everything from diagnosis to end-of-life. If you are a medical, mental health, or other healthcare professional wanting to lead a support group for dementia care partners, or a layperson with a heart for those "on the journey," A Leader's Manual for Dementia Care-Partner Support Groups is the comprehensive resource you need. The Manual provides general information about establishing and leading support groups, counseling skills for leaders and co-leaders, how to handle challenging group participants, step-by-step instructions on how to run each of the ten individual weekly meetings (including meeting-specific handouts), and lots of practical advice from co-authors Dr. Edward Shaw, physician, mental health counselor, and former dementia care partner, and Dr. Alan Wolfelt, world-renowned thanatologist, grief counselor, and author. The handouts and worksheets are number coded for easy cross-referencing with the content of The Dementia Care-Partner's Workbook.

Author Biography

Dr. Shaw is dually trained as a physician and mental health counselor. He was also the primary caregiver for his wife of 36 years, Rebecca, who was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's disease at age 54 in 2008, and died at age 62 in 2016. Dr. Shaw is a professor at the Wake Forest School of Medicine, as well as the founder and director of the Memory Counseling Program (MCP) in Geriatric Medicine at Wake Forest Baptist Health's Sticht Center on Alzheimer's Research and Health Aging. He is the author of the book "Keeping Love Alvie as Memories Fade: The Five Love Languages and the Alzheimer's Journey." Dr. Alan D. Wolfelt is a noted author, educator and grief counselor. Recipient of the Association for Death Education and Counseling's Death Education Award, he serves as Director of the Center for Loss and Life Transition in Fort Collins, Colorado and is a faculty member at the University of Colorado, Department of Family Medicine. He is the author of a number of best-selling books on grief and loss. Among his titles are Companioning the Bereaved, Understanding Your Grief, and First Aid for Broken Hearts. A frequent guest of the media, Dr. Wolfelt has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, the Larry King Show, and the NBC Today Show. Dr. Wolfelt presents numerous educational workshops each year for hospices, schools, funeral homes, community groups and a variety of other organizations. He also teaches weeklong courses for bereavement caregivers at the Center for Loss, located in the beautiful mountain foothills of Fort Collins, Colorado, and winter seminars in Scottsdale, Arizona.