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Take Your Oxygen First: Protecting Your Health and Happiness While Caring for a Loved One with Memory Loss Paperback – May 1, 2009

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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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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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #847,422 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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I was going to be sole caregiver to my Mother when she was diagnosed. I hadn't dealt with the disease personally prior to Mom. I didn't realize I was as prepared and knowledgeable as I was once I read the book. I did read it, it's a helpful read if you are truly in the dark at what to do, how to handle the stress, the person and your stress. I think I would recommend it.
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This book is like a good friend at this time in my life. My mom was diagnosed with dementia several years ago and with my father having passed away last year, I'm mom's caregiver now. This book is guiding me through the different phases of mom's care and has given me a wealth of information on how to take care of myself through all this too. I can relate to alot of the content and I'm very glad I bought it.
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I haven't finished the book yet but it is meeting all my expectations as a caregiver. There is a lot of good information on memory loss and not at all depressing to read...well the eventual outcome is, but that is why Leeza wrote it. As a solo caregiver I didn't realize how much in common we caregivers have and how much the daily stress impacts us. Leeza really hits home with the importance of taking care of ourselves. While I am not looking forward to the years to come I see how important it is to make the most of each day. Leeza gives many references to go to for support.
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