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The All-Weather Friend's Guide to Alzheimer's Disease: Staying Connected to Loved Ones with Dementia and Their Caregivers Paperback – March 21, 2012

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: True Wind Press; 1St Edition edition (March 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982575106
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982575109
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,345,415 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mary Cail began to develop the idea of The All-Weather Friend after the tragic death of her husband and her struggle with other difficult, life-changing circumstances. Her work to relieve the social isolation of Alzheimer's patients and caregivers has been recognized in Virginia, where she lives, and in many national publications. Cail is a professional writer, counselor and educator. To learn more, visit her website at allweatherfriend.com.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kristine Bakowski on November 1, 2011
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As someone suffering from Alzheimer's Disease, I can highly recommend this book. Dr. Cail explains with a very straightforward way the best way to relate and talk to someone with Alzheimer's. After my diagnosis, many of my friends didn't know what to say to me. They didn't want to believe it in the first place because I was in my 40's when I was diagnosed. After they got over the shock, they became distant because they just didn't know what to say. If I had this book then, I would have given each one a copy and ask them to read it. It's very important to those with Alzheimer's to stay connected as long as they can so having friends and family pull away because they are unsure of what to say is hard. Those with Alzheimer's already feel an alienation of sorts and having interaction with others is extremely important. Dr. Cail is very sensitive to the needs of an Alzheimer's patient and gives very practical advice and in layman's terms. You owe it to yourself to get this book to help understand both sides of Alzheimer's disease -- from the patient's view to the "outside world's" view. As I read this book my thoughts were -- "finally someone gets it" and can help to make it easier on everyone. She answers a lot of unasked questions I know people have. Thanks to Dr. Cail for addressing some difficult issues.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jane Ashley Skinner on September 29, 2011
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We all face tragedy. Most of us are better at handling our own than we are at trying to help our friends cope with theirs--whatever form it takes. Dr. Cail has written an intelligent, concise guide on how to be the kind of friend we'd all like to have when life takes a dark turn. Her "how to say it better" sample conversations are brilliant. Her precise analogies not only clarify, but make her writing a pleasure to read. This guide specifically addresses Alzheimer's, but it has so many applications beyond just this one disease. This book is as clearly written as anything I've read--fiction or non-fiction--in a very long time. Her narratives are illustrative and indicative of a true understanding of what it's like to live alongside people who suffer from this cruel affliction.

Jane-Ashley Skinner
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By N. J. Krueger on October 1, 2011
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Have you ever googled "what to say to a friend dealing with...?" I have turned to the giant search engine more than once for a starting point or just to see if my thoughts about a situation are anywhere near mainstream. I often get such a wide variety of suggestions that it becomes even harder to find my footing. Mary Cail has provided a wonderful, concise guide to anyone touched by Alzheimer's Disease. Her book is immensely thoughtful and can be read in its entireity in one sitting
(or picked through for specific information). Although Dr. Cail takes the time to give some detailed medical information about the "hows" and "whys" of Alzheimer's, her book is more of a very human (and humane) guide on how to navigate the daunting reality of someone with this disease and someone caring for those afflicted. By giving real life examples of Alzheimer's cases, Dr. Cail allows her readers a glimpse into true endearing stories of love, compassion, fear, frustration and acceptance. Her book provides examples of what to say and do to ease the burden of tremendously burdened patients and caregivers. It is often much easier to turn away from our fellow human beings when they are thrust into the very scary circumstance of dealing with a disease that has no cure--one that robs us of the very essence of our being. It is even scary to think that each of us will probably have to face some aspect of Alzheimer's Disease at some point in our lives. The All-Weather Friend's Guide to Alzheimer's Disease gives you the knowledge and inspires the courage needed to best help a friend when he/she needs you the most. I am anxiously awaiting Dr. Cail's future All-Weather Friend's Guides.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Beverly Gyllenhaal on September 14, 2011
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So many of my friends have recently had someone in their family diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease or dementia. My grandmother struggled with dementia for six years before she died at 95 years old. Friends stayed away because they had no idea how to interact with her. Even the minister of our church stopped visiting. My mother, who lived in the same town and was involved with my grandmother's care daily, could really have used some support and understanding from friends. But her friends just didn't know what to say or do. And even though we dealt with dementia in my family in this way, I personally felt at a loss for how to comfort and be helpful to family friends with an Alzheimer's patient.

No longer. Dr. Cail's new book tells you exactly what to do in every situation. It's an empowering book, and I also believe it will be a great tool for caregivers to share with their friends who just don't know how to be helpful..(A way to get what you need without having to ask directly!!)..Everyone should donate a copy to their church library -- or even directly to the minister!! I've already sent a copy to my mother.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 14, 2011
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Written with intelligence and grace, Mary Cail, manages to weave the hard facts of Alzheimer's Disease with touching personal stories. She provides practical advice on how to help a friend with the disease and give support to the caregiver. Her warmth and humor make this very difficult subject a pleasure to read. The advice transcends just this disease and gives the reader insight in to helping a friend in many difficult situations.
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