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Recommended Books in the MHAP Library

Grief Counseling and Grief Therapy: A Handbook for the Mental Health Practitioner, 4th ed. (2009) Author: J. William Worden.

In the fourth edition of this excellent resource, the author expands upon his previous work, including refinement of the task model of mourning and a more comprehensive examination of the variables that impact on an individual's mourning process for a particular loss. The author explores the distinctions between uncomplicated grief and complicated mourning, with suggestions for counseling and therapy. He also addresses the experience of grief for family systems and the impact of the clinician's personal experience with loss on his or her stress and burnout. The final chapter provides 18 case scenarios that may be used in grief training programs for professionals.

Mindfulness-Based Elder Care: A CAM Model for Frail Elders and Their Caregivers. (2008) Author: Lucia McBee

This book explores complementary and alternative approaches to helping older persons and those who support them. The first portion of the book presents basic concepts of alternative interventions, with an emphasis on mind-body and mindfulness-based care. The middle section offers suggestions for specific groups or situations, including nursing home residents, elders with dementia, and people who are isolated or dying. The third section addresses how both informal and professional care providers can utilize mindfulness-based techniques to manage stress.

What if It's Not Alzheimers? A Caregiver's Guide to Dementia. (2008) Authors: Lisa Radin and Gary Radin.

The primary focus of this book is frontotemporal dementia (FTD). Although it is intended for family caregivers, professionals and other care providers will also find the information useful. The book begins with an overview of the medical aspects of FTD, including state of the disease and various interventions. The second section addresses how to care for the individual with FTD on a daily basis, providing recommendations on exercise and mobility, activities and socialization, how the disease alters relationships, and methods for fostering personal care. The authors also explore legal and end-of-life issues and self-care for family members.

These books may be borrowed from the MHAP library. For more information, contact Matt Beha at or call Matt at 517/483-1529.

Mental Health and Aging Project at Lansing Community College

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