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The 36-Hour Day

A Family Guide to Caring for People Who Have Alzheimer Disease, Related Dementias, and Memory Loss, fifth edition
Length: 13 hrs and 33 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Read by Dr. Peter Rabins, this unabridged audio version of the definitive guide for people caring for someone who has dementia features chapters on the causes of dementia, managing the early stages of dementia, the prevention of dementia, and finding appropriate living arrangements for the person who has dementia when home care is no longer an option.

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Critic Reviews

"The best guide of its kind." ( Chicago Sun-Times) "Both a guide and a legend." ( Chicago Tribune) "Excellent guidance and clear information of a kind that the family needs.... The authors offer the realistic advice that sometimes it is better to concede the patient's frailties than to try to do something about them, and that a compassionate sense of humor often helps." ( The New York Times)

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A MUST-read for everyone dealing with Alzheimer's

36-hour Day is absolutely required reading if your friends or family members are having severe memory problems. It took me months to finish it the first time because the content was depressing. I read the most pertinent chapters first, then others when I was ready to absorb the information. I've since heard or read the book twice more, absorbing more as my mother's disease advanced and as I wasn't as shell shocked by our situation. I recommend it to everyone - everyone. And I've given away numerous copies. Read it, then reread it.

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good info

Really good information for people dealing with dementia in a loved one. The male reader is not great though, many words are slurred and his cadence is off. The female reader is great, but she only reads snippets.

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Why can I not return this book

The book is not for me, I had hoped after some chapters it would me help me with health issues with Alzheimer's and dementia. It is not up to date at all. I would like to return it but the option is not coming up as with other books.

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This book could have been better

Unfortunately the people or Doctors they chose to narrate this book were horrible. I felt like they were talking to a five year old. The book is full of great information. I suggest buy book and read it yourself

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36 hours

Would you listen to The 36-Hour Day again? Why?

In this case, I would prefer the printed version in order to highlight specific parts for further review.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The 36-Hour Day?

The information provided to prepare the caregiver

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

not necessarily since it was more informative than story

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Required reading for families of dementia patients

I just wish I had discovered this book when my dad was first diagnosed. We are now at the stage where a nursing home is urgent, but we could have been much better prepared if we had this information 5 years ago. The many issues covered, and with such sensitivity, are a huge help, even at this late stage of my dad's illness. I listened to it all the way through and will be returning to many chapters in the near future. Thank you for a valuable book!

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The 36-Hour Day was well read, easy to listen to and to understand. Just enough information was provided to make me feel educated but not overwhelmed. I would recommend this book.

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Educational but repetitive

For anyone with a family member that has dimentia or alzheimers, this is a good book to take in. It is very repetitive at times between chapters, but it can help a care giver or family member some insight on how to deal with every day behaviors.

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Very Insightful

I am the Caregiver of my life partner. He is in the early stage of stage 1 Vascular Dementia and also has multiple comorbidies . I found this book very educational and insightful. This is a very good book to refer back to as the disease progresses.

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A Lifeline

A must read for any caregiver - family, nurse, friend, anyone - who want to learn more about how to deal with someone suffering with some form of Dementia. An eye opener of a book that delivers answers and opens the door to what the patient is experiencing. So much time asking "Why are they doing that?" or "I think they are doing that on purpose", these questions are finally answers along with tips on how to respond and what to expect. A true lifeline.