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About the Author

Born on Long Island then moving to Florida, Rose Lamatt spent fourteen years as caregiver for her dear friend with Alzheimer's. This led her to volunteer as facilitator for Alzheimer support groups. She helped open the first adult day-care center in her town and then worked as activity director for an assisted living facility. To this day she visits nursing homes keeping up her drive to make things better for the Alzheimer's victim and their caregiver.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 9, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440475172
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440475177
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,023,150 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Julia C. Lloyd on October 14, 2009
Format: Paperback
Rose Lamatt covers the progress of Alzheimer's disease very well in her book, Just a Word: Friends encounter Alzheimer's. It's easy to read and easy to follow the story line. This book should be of interest to any and all persons involved with, interested in, or curious about any type of dementia, especially the mentally and physically debilitating Alzheimer's disease that seems destined to become a future epidemic. This horrific disease leaves its mark indelibly etched on the soul. God help us all!

My reading was interrupted so many times by rushes of tears, a brief breather, and then cleaning the teary salt residue from my glasses before starting to read again. She covered so many things that resonated with my experience of caring for my Alzheimer's afflicted husband. Oh, yes, there were times I smiled and even chuckled. Frankly, I think she did a magnificent job of telling the reader what life can be like with Alzheimer's, for both Caregiver and Victim. I capitalize both words for I believe they deserve the category of "Proper Noun: a noun that designates a particular being or thing...." Of course, that's my personal opinion and unless an English critic has ever experienced being around AD, the words would immediately revert to common nouns.

Ms. Lamatt wrote her book in an easy to follow, easy to read manner. The protagonist characters were likable and believable. She was even rather gracious with her antagonists; more so than I would have been. As I read about the length of time her friend, Carol, had to endure the suffering and the indignities imposed throughout that time by understaffed and, at times, uncaring personnel, I shuddered. My heart ached for the long time endurance in caring for Carol, along with Ms. Lamatt's own personal health problems.

An enlightening, yet heartrending, story.
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Rose explains the loss of a love, a life, and years of shockingly bad health-care. It is also the story of an incredibly selfish, self absorbed woman. She abandons everyone in her life, spends everyone else money until it runs out with no thought of what it means, and loses everything. Carol is lost to disease. Rose is lost to her own issues. Both alone, though only one by choice. The word isn't Alzheimer's, it's lost. Tragically lost.
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Thank you so much for your inspiring, heartfelt book, Rose, and for your courage in putting a real life face on the critical issue of understaffing and lack of specialized dementia training in most of our traditional nursing homes and dementia units. Many seniors with dementia are being robbed daily of their basic human rights to dignity, choice and quality of life as you described so precisely in Just a Word.

I could not put your book down and finished it all this past Saturday morning. I cried most of the way through it. You are an amazing woman and I praise your ability to put your feelings and emotions so effectively in words. Having also walked this journey, I recognize we have similar passions when it comes to the critical need to change the way our current system deals with this population of people with dementia and challenging behavior.

In my personal experience, as a caregiver for my own mother with Vascular Dementia and a label of aggressive behavior, I experienced, as you did, the lack of appropriate care options, that lead to her spending her last days overmedicated to "control" her behavior and make her "compliant" in her environment. This still remains vivid in my mind. In your book you describe with intensity the very real emotions of anger, frustration and eventual acceptance that you and Carol were prisoners of a broken healthcare system.

Under our current Healthcare Delivery System, The better care you provide,using appropriate higher staff ratios of specially trained staff including close RN supervision AND the more pro-actively you manage and "prevent" other acute medical emergencies that require high cost hospitalizations, ER visits and unnecessary testing, THE LESS YOU GET PAID.
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Just a Word is more than a book. Even though Rose Lamatt did not intend this, the middle two thirds of the book reads like a wonderfully written three act play.

The play starts with the startling realization that the diagnosis is -- Alzheimer's.

The crushing realization that someone you love is suffering from Alzheimer's disease. The accompanying denial and angst that comes in with the verdict.

As the play begins the action begins to rise immediately.

As the Alzheimer's disease worsens in her good friend Carol, the action becomes almost frantic. I was surprised at how fast I was reading the words. The scenes were zooming by so quickly that I felt like I was in a car going 100 miles an hour.

Somehow the depiction of the characters became so real that I felt like I was standing in the corner of the room watching each scene play out. I could see the faces of the participants even though I had never met a single one of them.

The doctors, friends, support group members and Rose -- each and every one of them. They all had a body and a face

Rose Lamatt has a unique writing style. One thing that surprised me was her ability to end a chapter with a single sentence that encapsulated the entire chapter.

When this happened, I found myself putting the book down and thinking about Rose's words. Lessons to be learned. At the end of several chapters, I felt myself breathing a little harder, my heart rate was slightly elevated. I was thinking and feeling.

In Just a Word, Rose reveals many of her secret thoughts. She reveals the thoughts that millions of caregivers have from time to time but never say -- out loud. Never reveal to anyone.
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