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"The author kept his wife at home longer than any family I can think of. The matter of fact style of the book is very compelling. I find it difficult to put it down. This book will serve as a very useful handbook for caregivers that they can keep referring to as they care for their loved one with a progressive dementing illness. It will serve a real need for a practical nuts and bolts approach to caregiving. This book is loaded with practical tips." --Andrew A. Schiavone, M.D., Former Assistant Clinical Professor, Georgetown University Medical School
"This is a unique book. It describes in useful and personal detail the experiences learned. Few, if any, others have documented their experiences, their procedures, personal feelings, successes and failures as is done in this volume. Frank's report and guidance born of experience can be a huge benefit. This ready reference to successful caregiving should be in every home faced with a dementia case, and perhaps those caring for other chronically ill loved ones. Use of Frank's advice can save countless hours of painful experimentation and enable more time to enjoy the quality of life that may remain with each patient." --Rear Admiral Donald M. Showers, USN (Retired), longtime caregiver and former Director, Alzheimer's Association, National Capitol Area Chapter Board
"The accurate technical information is important and Frank does an excellent job. What is more important is that those reading Frank s book will know that they are not alone. Care-giving can be a lonely job and many view their exhaustion, loneliness and frustration as unique. While each specific situation may be unique, it is crucial for caregivers to feel connected, to understand that it is common to feel angry, impatient, and frustrated. I commend Frank for sharing not only information, but emotions as well." --Jane Marks, Executive Director, Alzheimer's Association, West Virginia Chapter

"This is a unique book. It describes in useful and personal detail the experiences learned. Few, if any, others have documented their experiences, their procedures, personal feelings, successes and failures as is done in this volume. Frank's report and guidance born of experience can be a huge benefit. This ready reference to successful caregiving should be in every home faced with a dementia case, and perhaps those caring for other chronically ill loved ones. Use of Frank's advice can save countless hours of painful experimentation and enable more time to enjoy the quality of life that may remain with each patient." --Rear Admiral Donald M. Showers, USN (Retired), longtime caregiver and former Director, Alzheimer's Association, National Capitol Area Chapter Board

"The accurate technical information is important and Frank does an excellent job. What is more important is that those reading Frank s book will know that they are not alone. Care-giving can be a lonely job and many view their exhaustion, loneliness and frustration as unique. While each specific situation may be unique, it is crucial for caregivers to feel connected, to understand that it is common to feel angry, impatient, and frustrated. I commend Frank for sharing not only information, but emotions as well." --Jane Marks, Executive Director, Alzheimer's Association, West Virginia Chapter

About the Author

Frank Fuerst was born and raised in St. Louis, and he graduated from Washington University in his hometown. He flew for three years in the Air Force, during which time he and his wife had two of their three children. Then he spent a career in marketing and education with IBM. When his wife, June, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, he took an early retirement and cared for her at home until she died. Afterwards, he worked full-time to prevent development of the headwaters of a Potomac River tributary. He is now a prize-winning writer and poet and lives in the mid-Atlantic area near three of his five grandchildren, one of whom he home-schools.

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  • File Size: 527 KB
  • Print Length: 210 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Books (December 14, 2011)
  • Publication Date: December 14, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006ML8JYU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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Frank Fuerst was born and raised in St. Louis, where he graduated from Washington University. He flew for three years in the Air Force, during which time he and his wife, June, had two of their three children. Then he spent a career in marketing and education until he took an early retirement from IBM. When June was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, he cared for her at home until she died seventeen years later. Afterwards, he worked full-time to prevent development of the headwaters of a Potomac River tributary. He is now a prize-winning writer and poet and lives in the mid-Atlantic area near three of his five grandchildren, one of whom he home-schooled for two years.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marvi G. Parker on June 21, 2007
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Magnificent work! It is bound to be helpful to anyone who has a family member or close friend with dementia. There is a multitude of practical points. Anyone will be struck by the author's compassion and dedication to his wife. It is also good that the author admits how the process is so trying.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B. A. Brownridge on June 28, 2007
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It has a lot of useful information and wonderful perspective in dealing with a loved one with Alzheimer's. I can already see application and things we can do better for my mother-in-law who lives with us. I just hope we can have half the compassion and patience that Frank shows in his book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brenda M. Griffith on April 14, 2010
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There is a glut of books on the market about Alzheimer's. I've seen nothing like this book which offers so many suggestions to how to do your day-to-day tasks, how to do them at what point in the Alzheimer's, as your patient is always changing and needing help in ever-changing ways. This is the must-have book if you will be the caretaker throughout the life of an Alzheimer's patient. It offers love to you and to your patient; how to get the proper rest that you, too, need. It really is the one book you need.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dale C on October 26, 2009
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This is a compelling story for all caregivers to read. The author, Frank Fuerst, recounts his journey as a caregiver for his wife June for a total of 17 years, from diagnosis of early onset Alzheimer's. It is truly a story of love and perseverance. Frank breaks his caregiving into 4 phases, not in terms of medical stages, but from his perspective as caregiver. His 4 cornerstones of survival are key for any caregiver! Throughout the book, he shares what to expect, lessons learned, helpful products, and how he changed as a result of his years caring for June. Frank focuses on the practical, the emotional and the spiritual. His introspective style will help any struggling caregiver deal with their challenges in a positive, take-action way.
It's definitely a book I'll be recommending to others. In fact, I am using the book in my upcoming presentation ("Caring for the Caregiver"), to a group of Stephen Ministers,
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tammara L. Hoover on March 29, 2008
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My Mother has terminal Cancer and my Father is taking care of her at home. This book has been been a great guide and reference for her care. My Mother does not have Alzheimers but my Father and our family are encountering all the care issues that a family must address when caring for a terminally ill family member at home.
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I happened on this book by mere chance and am thankful that I did. It was well written, informative, and very matter of fact. It has a wealth of important information along with names, addresses and phones numbers for various agencies needed for any spouse serving as a primary care giver. Puts the information right in your hands for easy access. It also gives a tremendous amount of support and help to other family members who find themselves in the role of Sole Caregiver Provider. The author shares the ups,downs, hardships and harsh realities that both the person suffering with Alzheimers, dementia or other cognitive impairment as well as the care giver have to endure. It's heart breaking to say the least. His most important advice, and I speak from experience as well, is that the Care Giver MUST take time for themselves. They need a necessary respite from time to time from the emotional as well as physical stress incurred. Contrary to the author's situation, our dogs provided the one daily constant to environment, security and comfort level. I believe dogs and other pets provide a necessary comfort and connection for the Alzheimer's/dementia patient, even at the worst of times.
This book came along at the exact time it was needed. I actually passed it along to the staff at my local Alzheimer's Foundation as they hadn't heard of it. If you are a Sole Caregiver Provider you must fight every step of the way for your loved one who is suffering. They tend to get lost in the shuffle. This is one of those diseases that no one seems to be able to grasp well. Patience wears thin and so does time. There are so many variables and so many conditions that mimic similar signs and symptoms. Diagnosis seems to be a simple write-off. Doctors, hospitals etc leave it in the hands of the caregiver.
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