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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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When caring for her father, Avadian kept a diary of her husband’s and her observations, frustrations, and learnings as they attempted to care for her father. This diary, in story form, provides a wealth of knowledge about the necessary choices and steps in dealing with a family member’s dementia from home to institutional care. Those stories are told tenderly and humorously. The lessons are woven so well into each event that the reader might not be aware of a chapter’s lessons and need to return to make notes for personal use.
“Where’s My Shoes?” is a book that caregivers: from loved ones to institutional aides, nurses, doctors and even administrators might benefit from reading; for cathartic purposes, if one has not personally had to deal with such a loss, or just as a good read.
When the last page of the book was turned, I realized I missed Mardig, Brenda’s father. I also missed the writer who was funny, a problem solver, sensitive, and I believe, incredibly brave for putting herself out there by exposing her family’s secrets within the many layers of the unyielding disease called Alzheimer’s.
She puts together a plan 1 - do nothing 2 - put him in a nursing facility 3- move him to CA and 4- let him become a ward of the sate. The couple decided that options 1, 2, and 4 would be best. They had to get drunk to come to the realization that they should move him to CA. That broke my heart for Mardig. I was heartened when they rose to the occasion and moved him home. She was honest about her thoughts/feelings and that could be very helpful to someone who felt the same way. It would be interesting to hear her siblings side of the story.
Having had a grandmother and mother with Alzheimer's you do have to roll with it and she mentions that they stopped being brutally honest and telling him people were dead. Too bad they didn't realize that when he wanted his shoes. That was viewed as a battle, that she won. But the bottom line is--you don't win if you just cause more angst and confusion for the patient. Leaving shoes on does not endanger him or anyone else so roll with it.
I have shared my opinions with both my daughter and my mother and come away with new thoughts about my clients who have dementia.
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It has been my privilege to get to know you and your wonderful father in the last couple of days as I have read your book!Read more