Originally from England, Frena Gray-Davidson came to the USA in 1986 (after several years in Asia/India). With over twenty years experience in Alzheimer's care, her credits include: support group facilitator for the Alzheimer's Association, keynote speaker for the Royal Alzheimer Society of Great Britain, international presenter of workshops on dementia, trainer/educator of dementia-care workers/family caregivers author of seventeen books.
Alzheimer's 911: Help, Hope, and Healing for the Caregiversby Frena Gray-Davidson
With humor, sensitivity and clarity, Frena draws on her over 20 years as a hands-on caregiver taking the approach to look at the inner world of people with Alzheimer's (or any kind of dementia) similar to when she was a foreign correspondent in Asia and India- looking with fresh and curious eyes to understand the people from their perspective, without judgments.She shares secrets of successful dementia care giving and reveals the deep spiritual and emotion growth possible in dementia. Even within the losses of Alzheimer's, insightful caregivers can discover their possible radiance and humor. This journey of continuing inner growth can renew the purpose and courage of the caregiver, while bringing peace and resolution to the elder.Most importantly, Frena shows how the care giving journey can bestow a whole new set of wonderful life skills on the caregiver. She demonstrates that there is nothing in meditation, prayer and spiritual practice that you can't learn as a dementia caregiver. In addition, you can have a whole lot of fun.
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Fresh Perspectives on Caring for Individuals with Dementia Behavior Patterns Frena Gray-Davidson sheds light on the plight of anyone dealing with dementia and the devastating frustration and hopelessness that accompany the victims and caregivers impacted by the disease. In her book Alzheimer’s 911; Help, Hope, and Healing for the Caregiver, Davidson describes the behaviors of dementia in an effort to help the reader understand and interpret their own observations of a loved one with Alzheimer’s. Davidson sheds fresh perspectives on caregiving, the importance of flexibility, developing patience, nurturing compassion, and living in the present moment. She uses humorous personal anecdotes, spiritual insights, and practical pointers to encourage and empower the reader to successfully navigate the uncharted course in their journey through Dementia. Each chapter ends with a feature called A Life in Alzheimer’s Land which provides a unique glimpse into the mind of the person with Dementia. I now have a better understanding of the components of a support system, the need for interdependence on others: family, friends, the church, and the community. I found the chapter titled Forgiveness and Acceptance especially helpful as it enabled me to look within myself to establish a new kind of relationship with my spouse; by recognizing the reality that I have a choice of accepting our situation or being trapped in a toxic attitude of pity and regret. Alzheimer’s 911 is a must read for Dementia caregivers, family members and medical professionals. I plan to apply the principles, personally, add the book to my permanent library, make it available to my family members, and to re-read it often.
Frena Gray-Davidson reminds the caregiver that they are the expert and with knowledge, love, flexability and patience the experience of alzheimer's can be empowering rather than devastating. The book is INFORMATIVE and helps the caregiver LIVE LIFE as it should be lived.