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This book is filled with honest and practical advice for anyone living with someone with dementia. Into a situation already fraught with tension and anxiety, the author puts things in perspective in words and descriptions that are easy to understand, and gives suggestions that are easy to follow through with. How to avoid conflict by understanding exactly what the loved one is experiencing in the loss of her/his cognition. How to engage cooperation with memories, music, and tenderness. How to grieve honestly, yet still be able to relate to the individual who is gradually slipping away. Dr. Bier is adept in the behavioral techniques that effect compassion and empathy we need, but so rarely know how to develop, in order to provide dignity to the loved one and respite to the caretaker. I recommend this book for anyone in this situation.
A very practical and timely book on a subject that impacts millions of people and their families. It's telling that Dr Bier has many years studying the best ways to approach the effects of this terrible disease. Well done!
I so wish I'd had this book, From Crisis to Calm, when I was caring for my dad. Dr. Bier's approach to the material is, for lack of a better phrase, very approachable. She doesn't use a great deal of intimidating medical terminology and makes the work much easier to grasp.
Her techniques for managing, or in some cases, not managing the family member's symptom is refreshing on many levels. I learned from experience, (and what Dr. Bier emphasizes, in not quite the same words), that micro-management does not work. I appreciate that validation. If you are looking for a book that will help you in dealing with another's dementia symptoms, in terms you won't have to struggle to understand, this one is for you. Excellent writing and advice. Thank you, Dr. Bier!
Practical, accessible advice for unpacking and managing the avalanche of crises that come with having dementia in the family. Dr. Bier brings a fresh and refreshing perspective, based on not just her expertise but also her personal experience as a cognitively impaired person. This book changed the way my whole family views and interacts with our impaired loved one. There are still huge challenges, but there is also now much more peace, joy and connection.