- Paperback: 306 pages
- Publisher: North Star Books; 2 Rev Exp edition (May 13, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0963275240
- ISBN-13: 978-0963275240
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 8.8 inches
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Where's My Shoes?: My Father's Walk Through Alzheimer's Paperback – June 13, 2005
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Ms. Avadian offers an honest look at Alzheimer s from a family perspective, touching on issues of family, patient s rights and protection, and the personal joys and pain that come with caring for a loved one afflicted with this disease. Helen Rosenberg, Ph.D. Director, Gerontology Certificate Program Univ. of Wisconsin-Parkside Kenosha, WI --Publisher
A masterpiece of information and insider knowledge, Brenda weaves answers and solutions into every page. She takes the reader on a journey covering every possible question a caregiver could ask and does not leave a single stone unturned. This is the most thorough, honest, helpful, and empowering book written for caregivers to date. Jane Verity, OTR, FT, CSP Dementia Specialist, Founder and Director www.DementiaCareAustralia.com --Publisher
"Where's My Shoes" demonstrates the joys and awkwardness, fears and uncertainties, responsibilities and outcomes, of caring for one's parent. But most of all, it offers real options and prudent solutions that will benefit anyone faced with this decision. It cannot be denied that "Where's My Shoes?" is a love story. On the surface it tells the true story in real time, as Brenda faces reality and makes hard, yet informed decisions. But between the lines, it's about the youngest daughter taking responsibility for family affairs and the care of her beloved father. Mark Warner, Co-founder, www.alzstore.com Author, The Complete Guide to Alzheimer s-Proofing Your Home --Publisher
About the Author
"We will walk this caregiving road together," says author Brenda Avadian, MA who cared for her late father with Alzheimer's.
The author of nine books, she serves as a spokesperson for family and professional caregivers caring for people with dementia (such as Alzheimer's, vascular, Lewy body).
For more about Brenda Avadian, visit TheCaregiversVoice.com/about-us/about-the-founder
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The reader can feel the emotional rollercoaster ride that the author went through in dealing with the disease and trying to do the best thing for her father. The difficulties she experienced with the doctors, lawyers, medical facilities, government bureaucracies, and especially her own siblings are shared openly. This allows the reader to see the reality of what happens to people with Alzheimer's, and what the caregiver must face as the disease progresses.
It is that openness that makes the book such a useful read. While this book deals with the specifics of Alzheimer's disease, the author's experience and insight can apply to other serious health and caregiving issues we face as our parents age. If you want to better understand the health and legal issues surrounding Alzheimer's, and the family dynamics that are involved with caregiving, then you should read this book.
That being said (typed), I did not think this was the best account that I have read of the subject. Davidson's book <Alzheimer's: A Love Story> describes the author's experience with her husband's Alzheimers, and is much better written. It gave a much more clear description of the slow decent into Alzheimers, and is a beautiful, almost lyrical book. By all means do buy <Where's my Shoes,> but please consider reading Davidson's book first.
Brenda's book has provided me a much better insite into the disease and has reduced my reluctance to become envolved with someone who has the disease.
The chance meeting introduced me to Brenda Avadian where I was able to fully appreciate her strong sense of humor and finite capacity for compassion and understanding. I can only imagine what a toll it must take on a person actively associated with that terrible disease. I was deeply moved by all the patience demostrated by both she and David throughout the tenure of the disease. The strain of seeing a loved one in a diminishing condition accompanied by indifference by other close family members is beyond belief.
Thank you Brenda for chronicling your experience in a way the rest of us can understand and appreciate.
I have shared my opinions with both my daughter and my mother and come away with new thoughts about my clients who have dementia.
This is an excellent book with helpful suggestions along with a story of inspiration and true courage.