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Product Details

  • Paperback: 325 pages
  • Publisher: LaChance Publishing LLC; 1 edition (May 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934184209
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934184202
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #369,192 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Overwhelmed family caregivers will find Gibbons's book immensely and immediately useful. Even though Gibbons's family had the financial resources to weather the nine years her mother, Jean, lived with Alzheimer's, the feelings of pain and helplessness were unavoidable. Gibbons and her father, siblings and children share what they learned in dealing with Jean's decline and eventual placement in the dementia unit of a nursing home. While memory loss is the focus of the book's first section, the rest offers excellent advice for family caregivers on how to take care of themselves both physically and emotionally, from exercises to keep one strong enough to aid the patient to dealing with guilt and denial around a loved one's memory loss. Photos. (May)
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"Overwhelmed family caregivers will find Gibbons's book immensely and immediately useful."  —Publishers Weekly


"Offers a wealth of practical, solid, jargon-free information on essential topics like causes and treatments and the spiritual side of caregiving."  —Library Journal, starred review


"Gibbons writes fearlessly and without filters about the details of her family and what happened, while two doctors fill in the medical background and psychological advice. It's a helpful combination."   —Ladies Home Journal Magazine



"Follows the Gibbons family's highly personal journey, weaving scientific facts and poignant memories into one."  —Florida Today


"Candid . . . offers valuable advice."  —Space Coast Medicine


"Anyone caring for a family member diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease will find comfort and practical advice"  —Carolinian


"An authoritative guide to Alzheimer's . . . the book is unique."  —Preserving Your Memory


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This book is very helpful.
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This book has helped me and my sisters understand some of the things we are feeling and realize they are normal.
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This book gives excellent advice to caregivers.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Gary Barg on May 8, 2009
Format: Paperback
The Gibbons family and Doctors Huysman and Laird have written an insightful book designed to help caregivers learn the value of caring for themselves as well as they care for their loved ones.

Since Leeza and Jamie have both been keynote speakers at our Fearless Caregiver Conferences and featured within the pages of Today's Caregiver magazine (with Leeza being the subject of cover interviews) and I have long been a fan of Dr. Laird's compassionate work with family caregivers, I confess to having some expectation of what I would find when I opened the book. Those expectations were far exceeded.

The concepts within Take Your Oxygen First are some of the first things that any family caregiver needs to consider when caring for their loved ones and themselves. If you don't realize the importance of caring for yourself, who will come in and care for both you and your loved one?
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Roberta Cadwalader on June 13, 2009
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This book is probaly a must for any caregiver, or son or daughter of a family member that has a caregiver. I didn't always agree with some of material, such as how to deal with doctors, nurse's, and hospital staff. The rest of it was of great use. Many times, as a caregiver myself, I forgivet about getting some exercise. This book needs to be on bookshelfs in bookstores. Socialworkers, should give this book to anyone, going through, the process of caregiving. I don't believe it should be for just people with Alzheimers or Memory problems, because as your age, many of these things are pertinent. Also, what needs to be addressed, are those that have to do the lifting, and how it affects them.

If I were to write a book on this subject, I would have to call it. You have to learn to be a assertive. I have found that unless you are very assertive, things, just don't get done by Hospice, Hospital staff, etc. You have to constantly be on their cases. You almost have to be a doctor yourself.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Susan Berg on May 30, 2009
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This book is a tremendous aid for those helping family members and friends with Alzheimer's or any other disease for that matter. Caregiving is a daunting task. It is so important to learn effective ways to care for yourself so that you can be the best caregiver possible. This book does just that. However the author, Leeza Gibbons, shares this information in an inspiring way. She tells of her experiences caring for her mother, Jean. Gibbons tells the reader of resources, and gives sound advice. She also includes spiritual, psychological, and nutritional information, as well as, ways to maintain a person cognitive ability longer. How inspiring!
By Susan Berg author of Adorable Photographs of Our Baby-Meaningful, Mind-Stimulating Activities and More for the Memory Challenged, Their Loved Ones, and Involved Professionals, a book for those with dementia and an excellent resource for caregivers and healthcare professionals
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia Meyer on August 15, 2012
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This book talks about your elderly loved one like they are an invalid patient that doesn't speak. It doesn't talk about how you are supposed to react and respond to your loved when they can't remember anything, when they become angry, when they ask the same question over and over in a 5 minute period, when they behave strangly, etc. Is everyone supposed to ignore it and act like it's not happening as to not embarrass your loved one? Are you supossed to confront them? What if they deny they even have the desease? These were the questions we had when we bought this book and it doesn't discuss ANY of it!! It tells you what Memory Loss is and the deseases associated with it...which I can look up easily. Then, it tells you how to take care of yourself and deal with the depression and anxiety of it. There's a few good points there but it does not give you any information about how you need to respond and talk to your loved one. This is the most important part!!! Interacting with a loved one that suffers from memory loss is the biggest challenge; I really wish this book could have addressed this important piece.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Emily Placido on August 28, 2010
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By Emily Placido, author of Julita's Sands: A Memoir

This is a must read for all family caregivers, those who are caring for a family member at home. I just wish I had this book available to me when I was caring for my mom. In this rich book, the reader not only learns about Leeza Gibbons' family, but also important therapeutic information from James Huysman,PsyD,LCSW, a psychologist who specializes in compassion fatigue, and medical information from Rosemary De Angelis Laird,M.D. I loved how as a reader, I received valuable insight from three different facets of caregiving. One, from Leeza and her family, as they cared for their beloved mother, a psychological viewpoint as taught extremely well by Dr. Huysman, and last but not least, the medical perspective on how the brain works and what occurs with memory loss by Dr. Laird. I really enjoyed this book and recommend it to all family caregivers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Scampernanny on April 24, 2010
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If you are undergoing the anguish of losing a loved one to Alzheimer's or a related memory loss, I urge you to get this book FOR YOURSELF. Caring for someone in this situation is daily stress and heartbreak, and it's too easy to forget about yourself and the toll that it's taking on you. Leeza Gibbons draws on her own personal story to give both practical advice and comforting support. I highly recommend this book. And bless you all, for the gift of caring love that you're giving to someone you adore who is slipping away.
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