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When a Family Member Has Dementia: Steps to Becoming a Resilient Caregiver

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2006

    A valuable resource for caregivers

    Susan McCurry chronicles with humor and compassion the pitfalls and rewards of caring for a loved one with dementia. Beautifully written in a style accessible by lay person or professional, this book offers hope and practical advice for the many of us living as caregivers of family members. Dr. McCurry's observations, interviews, and sage suggestions give one hope for maintaining personal balance in an everchanging, emotional, and oft times perplexing relationship. In reading this book not only did I find validation and support in caring for my father, many of the ideas are applicable to improving any relationship.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2006

    This book was written just for me

    It's all about perspective. As a caregiver of a demented family member, it is easy to get mired down with the frustrations, loneliness and challenges of daily routines. Susan McCurry's book reminded me that by taking care of myself, I am able to provide a better quality of care for my loved one. She provides numerous case studies from her clinical practice of creative problem solving by family members. She provides exercises to encourage new perspectives. And, what I appreciated most, was her committment to the value of caregiving - appreciating the moments no one else will ever know, the privilege of being there for those special moments. And isn't that why we do it? Thanks for reminding me, Dr. McCurry.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2006

    I love the dance

    I work in Alzheimer's research and am sometimes asked how to care for a loved one. I will happily refer caregivers to this book. Dr. McCurry approaches the problems of caregiving with a warm and generous heart. We could all learn from this exceptional book.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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