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When My Mother No Longer Knew My Name by [Goldstein, Stephen L.]
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"Memoirists often offer the lessons of their lives for the benefit of others, but few combine autobiography and advice as seamlessly as Stephen Goldstein in When My Mother No Longer Knew My Name. Goldstein dedicated over ten years to caring for his mother at the end of her life. His book describes a journey that required both careful planning and constant flexibility. Along with detailing his own day-to-day experiences caring for his mother at home, Goldstein offers ideas for others to consider when the time comes for them to take care of members of their own families.
Working as a trends analyst, radio personality, and TV talk show host for years has made Goldstein a master communicator. In his newspaper columns he lucidly observes the defects in America's health-care system and offers solutions at the political level. With this book, he retains the same journalistic clarity but makes it personal by inviting readers into his home and into the reality of caring for a parent with dementia." -- Foreword Magazine

About the Author

Stephen L. Goldstein is the author of several books, including the novel Atlas Drugged: Ayn Rand Be Damned!, as well as an op-ed columnist and radio and TV personality. He lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and may be reached at trendsman@aol.com.


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  • File Size: 390 KB
  • Print Length: 186 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: February 6, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0076NCZV6
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By A. O. Stahl on March 6, 2012
Format: Paperback
This is the well written story of a son's loving care of his mother in her last years, a mother with dementia. Goldstein's memoir demonstrates that he is a person with patience, determination and the gift of humor. I would recommend this book to anyone with an elderly parent who may become unable to live alone.
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Stehpen Goldstein has written a book that is both a poignant memoir of his years as a caregiver for his mother as she ages,begins to suffer from dementia and finally dies, and a guide to providing care for the elderly as they decline. The book contains many moving anecdotes about how the author is changed (for the better) by his caregiving, as well as valuable advice, supported by his experience, about dealing with an aging relative. Goldstein makes the point that this is a situation that both the society and more and more individuals will be facing in the future. This is a book everyone should have. Even if you think it does not apply to you now, buy it, glance at it, and then put it in a place where you can find it when the need arises, because the odds are, it will. (written by Kay's husband, Jack)
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This is a valuable, practical resource for families who will become or are already caregivers. Dr. Goldstein offered so many useful tips that I have already begun sharing with my family.

I disagree with one of the other reviewers, who felt the book guilted readers into attempting the impossible. Goldstein makes very clear his unique living situation that made this possible for him. The book has helpful advice for those who will be acting in a different caregiving capacity or setting. One tip I found most valuable was his reminder to speak to the person we know, not the visage we see before us. We'll never know what a relative can recall or appreciate behind their veil of dementia or Alzheimer's. But it's both more humane and I believe more effective to address the loved one as a real person, without condescension. This is a great tip.

Some of the details in Goldstein's family history may not be relevant to other readers' experiences. They may have parents who, far from having been assertive all their lives, may have a disposition averse to putting demands on anyone. That said, the stories he shares are universal in their no-holds-barred glimpse of the challenges that caregivers will face.

What I appreciated most from the book was the openness with which Dr. Goldstein told his story. I was touched by his dedicated kindness to his mother, even in the smallest things. The ways he helped her to save face when she dropped a glass, and fooled her into eating meals she had just rejected moments before, and snuck her clothes to the cleaner--these all show a humanity that I wish the world had in more abundance!
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After reading this book for a second time, I believe that Dr. Goldstein makes it abundantly clear that not everyone has the ability to maintain their aging parent in their home. He is very forthright in recognizing that he was fortunate enough to be able to provide his mother and himself with this opportunity. Dr. Goldstein emphasizes the importance that a caregiver provides care that offers dignity, respect, tenderness and commitment. This book provides practical and concrete suggestions, while acknowledging the challenges that a caretaker faces; especially, when it is a parent they so dearly love. This is a son's account of saying goodbye, with recommendations that are valuable for anyone that is caring for an aging parent or loved one. This book is essential for any caregiver. Too often, caregivers taking care of seniors lack the knowledge, tools, or awareness of needs of the older person. He points out quite poignantly one of the key elements often forgotten when dealing with an older person; and reminds us that no matter how "out of it" they seem, they may still have a level of awareness. This is a must have book, written not just from personal experience but from the heart.
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I read the book by Stephen Goldstein and it is one of the best books I have ever read. And to Stephen...and in your words...your wonderful mother taught you "selflessness" after 10 years of helping her throughout her journey. She was very wonderful also.

You both were given the gift of each other. And I am saying...as your mother did...keep spreading your wings! It would make her so happy in her afterlife. Debbie McClosky from Ecuador...former prosecutor.
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