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Great Resource for Families (especially Spouses) Coping with Alzheimer's and other Dementias
on October 25, 2013
This book stands out amidst the increasing numbers of books about Alzheimer's and other diseases related to dementia, because of its intensely personal focus and the invaluable recommendations and insights from its 2 authors.
The authors are resilient women whose husbands suffered from dementia; they met in a Support Group and formed a super-strong bond that sustained them and their families through difficult times, based on shared emotions, commitment and laughter.
The format of the book is SO readable, consisting of short emails between the wives, discussing their pain, joys, frustrations, heart-breaking decisions, possible solutions and trade-offs, with humor relieving the anxiety at times. The frank and honest details they provide about sensitive topics will provide a special source of support for spouses dealing with the same struggles. They are open enough to describe the times they felt they disappointed their husbands, and to consider how to do better in the future - sharing their vulnerabilities is a very special gift to other caregivers who have the same concerns.
The insights the authors share about their personal stories are valuable for any family with a relative with dementia. But the book also includes a Caregiver 101 section, with lots of very specific practical advice in areas such as:
· Selecting the right doctor
· Insuring a safe home environment
· Reducing agitation in your loved one
· Indepth analysis of various types of alternative living arrangements to identify the best option in your area
· Medicaid application checklist and eligibility info
This book is a very special resource that caregivers will turn to for both emotional support and day-to-day advice to manage the difficulties of dementia.