mace_audioThese podcasts are excerpted from a Johns Hopkins University Press audio book of The 36-Hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring for People Who Have Alzheimer Disease, Related Dementias, and Memory Loss, fifth edition, by Nancy L. Mace and Dr. Peter V. Rabins.

The definitive guide for people caring for someone who has dementia, The 36-Hour Day 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.

The complete book is available on 11 CDs or in a print edition. You can also download the audio edition from

Podcast #1: Excerpt from the Preface and Introduction

In this excerpt from the book’s Introduction and Preface, Dr. Rabins describes recent advances in understanding the needs of people with dementia, along with the importance of supporting the families and friends of patients afflicted with Alzheimer dementia. He also offers an overview of all the topics covered in The 36-Hour Day.

Podcast #2: Excerpt from Chapter 1: What is Dementia?

In this excerpt from Chapter 1, Dr. Rabins explains the latest medical understanding of dementia. He describes the types of dementia, when and how the condition progresses, and how diagnosis determines treatment options.

Podcast #3: Excerpt from Chapter 3: The Brain, Behavior, and Personality: Why People Who Have Dementia Do the Things They Do

In this excerpt from Chapter 3, Dr. Rabins offers insights into why people who have dementia do the things they do. He explains how our brains do thousands of tasks, many of which we are unaware, and how the illness that causes dementia interferes with the complex sequence of steps required for even relatively simple tasks.

Podcast #4: Excerpt from Chapter 3: Caregiving: Some General Suggestions

In this excerpt from Chapter 3, Dr. Rabins offers practical advice and addresses some common frustrations for caregivers, such as solving one problem at a time to avoid feeling overwhelmed, relying on common sense and creativity, and sticking to a predictable schedule. Dr. Rabins emphasizes the importance of getting enough rest and “caring for the caregiver.”

Podcast #5: Excerpt from Chapter 10: Getting Help

In this excerpt from Chapter 10, Dr. Rabins focuses on the need for caregivers to have outside help and have time away from the responsibilities of caregiving. He describes how to find good information on available services, how to seek and accept help from friends and neighbors,  and how to address problems you may encounter.