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Creating Moments of Joy for the Person with Alzheimer's or Dementia: A Journal for Caregivers, Fourth Edition Paperback

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 331 pages
  • Publisher: Purdue University Press; 4 edition (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557534624
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557534620
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (197 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,699 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jolene Brackey began her career as an interior designer after graduating from Iowa State University. But she soon realized that she derived great joy from helping people improve the interiors of their lives, rather than their homes. When she left her interior design job, the first job available was in an Alzheimer' special care unit as an activity director. She didn't know what Alzheimer's was but she knew she liked older people. Before long, she realized that God had given her a gift. She found ways to create positive outcomes and moments of joy for the individuals with the disease, their loved ones, and professional caregivers. Eager to share her practical solutions and insights, Jolene began speaking at educational seminars. Her message of hope, encouragement-along with generous helpings of humor-was warmly embraced by family members and professional caregivers alike. So, she established a business, Enhanced Moments, to help guide people through the Alzheimer's journey. Jolene and her husband, Troy, live in Polson, Montana with their children Sidney, Taylor, and Keegan.

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This is a very helpful book, full of hints and easy to read.
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This is a book filled with great tips that will help caregivers deal with the diverse problems we face in caring for our loved ones.
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I would recommend that anyone caring for someone in their life with dementia or onset of Alzheimer's to READ this book.
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By gg on September 25, 2007
Format: Paperback
Through tears of joy I read the first pages of "Creating Moments of Joy", a journal of hope and joy. This is a must read for families who have loved ones with Alzheimers. Jolene gives us such sensible answers about the mysteries of this disease and helps us to realize where our Alzheimer patients are coming from and how we can calm their fears and give them mements of joy. This is such a confusing illness to the patient and the caregivers, and the author provides concrete examples and illustrations of how to make precious memories and moments of joy for the entire family. Thank you so much for such a wonderful book.....the best I have read of this subject.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Bernadette Bierley on October 3, 2007
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This is the best book I've read that helps caregivers understand how important it is to enter the world of the Alzheimer's patient and gives concrete examples of how that can be accomplished. It helps us understand the serious reality of this disease, but offers hope that we can bring joyful moments to our loved ones in the remaining time we have with them.
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Cara on June 4, 2008
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Creating Moments...was recommended to me by Amy, a Nurse Practitioner of my Fathers. She would ask whenever she'd see me "Did you order the book yet?" & between being a master of procrastination & being the sole care taker of my Dad, even my best intentions never seems to come full circle. One night my phone rang & it was Amy asking again if I ordered the book, it just happened to be on her mind!!!! Well I immediately went on line and thought "this better be a great book" for all the bothering from her. Giving it 5 stars barely does it justice but thats the highest the scale goes. I love it because one minute you are learning something serious & the next you are laughing so hard at the stories Jolene has sprinkled through out the book. Order it (when you get a chance!) Care takers and family members alike will enjoy and be informed. Take Amy's word for it!! :-)
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Marcia Snook on November 18, 2008
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My only regret is that I did not know the helpful insights and ideas from this book while my mother was living. My mother from Ames, Iowa, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's at age 66 and died at age 76 in 1999. We could have loved her better if we had understood her. I have shared the book with others whom I know are struggling with the gamut of questions and frustrations of caring for loved ones. Creating Moments of Joy gives practical answers to situations all of us have encountered or surely will. I have personal stories from the years we watched my mother slowly lose herself to the disease. Some stories are funny and some are tragic. All are precious. If I should ever develop dementia, I pray my family and my caregivers will read Jolene's marvelous book. If I should have occasion to assist another on this journey, I now will be beter able to support the person with the digmity and compassion he or she so deserves.

Thank you, Jolene,
Marcia Snook
Parker, Colorado
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Grandma P on March 24, 2008
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This book is absolutely the best I have read regarding the disease. I am a care-giver. The insights into the disease, how to make the best of it for you and for them is invaluable. You can create moments of joy for everyone. Tips and tricks are sensational. I will read it again and again as the disease progresses. I just can't recommend it enough.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Lauryn Boyd on October 2, 2008
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I have read so many books about this terrible disease and know first hand how much it impacts the entire group of family and friends around those who have dementia. I wanted to find a way to not only understand what my Mother was going through, but also to be able to bring a smile once again to her beautiful face. I wanted to care for the body as well as the spirit. Jolene Brackey has given me the tools to create that smile. The easy to read format allows me to carry the book in my purse and read (and reread) a chapter whenever I have a few minutes. Rather than presenting all "doom and gloom" about this disease, Jolene offers tips and stories that bring a smile to my face and allows me to give my Mother the same joy. Any caregiver will tell you that having a chance to smile is truly a gift and being able to bring happiness (even if for only a moment) to your loved one is "priceless." I plan to order several copies of this book as gifts for the holidays.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Caregiver on July 5, 2010
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I wanted to learn more about dementia. Now I understand what is going on in the minds of patients, and what I can do to help. This book explains what you can do to bring comfort and joy to your loved one every moment of the day. I highly recommend this book to all caregivers!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By K. Crystal on March 28, 2009
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If you have a loved one or are working with someone who has Alzheimer's, this is a must read. If you have ever thought, "please grant me patience", this book does just that. It is filled with suggestions and coping skills that greatly benefit the caregiver while at the same time, keeps the loved one's dignity intact. It is filled with practical solutions to everyday situations.
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