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  • Hiding the Stranger in the Mirror: A Detective’s Manual for Solving Problems Associated with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders, by Cameron J. Camp, Ph.D., Published by the Center for Applied Research in Dementia

    Writing with wit and compassion, Dr. Camp aims to help his audience better understand how the disease affects memory, and how memory loss may affect behavior. Going against conventional “wisdom,” the author stresses that the key to successfully caring for persons with dementia is to focus on their strengths rather than their weaknesses­­­­ – to see the person and not a disease. His entertaining and insightful book examines cases based on real individuals to illustrate common challenging behaviors and how to approach these challenges. Readers are given tools and resources to understand why persons with dementia do what they do, to help them solve their own “cases,” and, more importantly, they are given a more hopeful way of thinking about Alzheimer’s disease and those who live with it. “We are not helpless in the face of Alzheimer’s disease and associated illnesses. We can best care for ourselves and our loved ones with dementia by embracing the humanity that exists, and has always existed, within each other.” (Cameron J. Camp, Ph.D., from the Author’s Preface to Hiding the Stranger in the Mirror)   This publication is also available in French, German, and Italian.
  • Discover how the principles of Montessori education can help people with dementia maintain or improve skills needed in their daily lives. This popular manual was written to provide user-friendly guidance to professionals and others interested in applying the Montessori-based approach to activities for persons with dementia. Included are step-by-step instructions to set up and present 41 engaging activities.
  • In preparing Volume 2, the authors incorporated reader feedback into the development of new activities programming for individuals with dementia and other cognitive disorders (such as adults with developmental disabilities). The manual contains all new Montessori-Based activities, including, activities for individuals and groups, inter-generational activities, activities for men, subject based activities and activities for restorative care/nursing rehabilitation practices. This manual provides step-by-step instructions and guidance for creating and conducting each activity. Also provided are tips for extending activities, making them more or less difficult and addressing challenges that may occur.
  • The book includes a review of the research, case studies, detailed instructions, helpful resources, and reproducible work sheets for use during therapy sessions. This manual has easy-to-follow instructions on techniques designed to help individuals use remaining abilities to overcome challenges of memory loss to achieve therapy goals and improve quality of life. This technique can be implemented in a variety of settings by caregivers, therapists, and health care staff.
  • Activities for Caregivers and their Loved Ones with Memory Impairments, Paperback Edition This manual was made especially for family members of individuals with Alzheimer's disease and other diseases or injuries that affect memory. Included are ideas and instructions for 42 engaging and purposeful activities that will bring new enjoyment to family visits.
  • A compassionate guide demonstrating a new model of dementia care with a focus on the person with dementia. This easy to follow guide offers professional and family caregivers the tools necessary to help persons living with dementia learn to develop the skills needed to resolve conflict and enable them to take a more proactive role regarding their own care. "We are witnessing a quiet revolution in dementia care. It involves the emergence of an emphasis on seeing the person in the "person with dementia"." Cameron Camp and Linda Camp. From the Preface to Teaching Empathy and Conflict Resolution to People with Dementia.