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Let's Talk Dementia: A Caregiver's Guide Paperback – August 19, 2015
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About the Author
Carol is a Certified Dementia Specialist and an Endorsed Music Therapy Coach. She works with families traveling the journey of dementia to help them gain information about the disease and to allow them to experience HOPE throughout the process. http://seniorlifejourneys.com/
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As she says at the end of one chapter "Sometimes you just have to laugh" - yes, I suppose so. I don't appreciate the feeling of this book although it provides a lot of useful information. I bought three books more or less at once. One can't get enough education and perspective on this subject. The style of writing may appeal more to others. I don't want to 'throw out the baby with the bath water' - it is useful.
But when a loved one showed signs of the onset of dementia, I took my agent's advice--and surprised myself by the delight I took in this well-written, entertaining book.
In her warm, converstational tone, Ms. Howell walks the reader through the various stages of dementia--using mostly her own experience with her mother. She offers expert, practical tips on how to manage your emotions and help your loved one through this horrible time. She's even included jokes at the end of each chapter to help the reader see the lighter side. I so appreciate her caring, funny approach.
If you only read one book to educate and aid you in helping a dementia victim, this is the one I recommend. Thank you, Ms. Howell, for opening your heart and our minds by talking about dementia!
This book is chock full of useful information and good suggestions on interacting with a person with dementia. There are things we would automatically say or do which would only make a situation worse. The author offers us better ways of interacting.
Likewise there are attitudes we would automatically assume, but the author shows us how these attitudes do not help, and other attitudes that would make things better.
It's easy and pleasant to read. And since dementia is such a difficult and sad topic, the author intersperses her writing with funny stories. It's important to be able to laugh and not have all our joy crushed out of us.
And the Kindle price (as of January 1, 2014) can't be beat! You can't get a cup of coffee in a restaurant for ninety nine cents! This is $.99 well spent!
Although the author's sense of humor is not exactly my style, I appreciate the effort and the smiley faces throughout the book.
All in all, this is a great read, and a fairly easy read, with ideas and suggestions that can be put to use immediately - highly recommended reading!!
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Learned a lot from this book. I recommend for any one that has family member experience dementia