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From The CriticsReviewer: David O. Staats, MD (University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center)
Description: This is a multiauthored book written for and about caregivers whose loved ones have Alzheimer's disease.
Purpose: The purpose is to explore the nature of caregiving and offer advice to caregivers in how to approach their loved ones with Alzheimer's disease and other dementing illnesses.
Audience: The audience is primarily caregivers and, in turn, those who advise, comfort, and care for caregivers. The authors are all experienced and craft their knowledge in effective ways.
Features: The book is divided into five parts: advice for caregivers; a personal story from a caregiver; relationships among the affected individual, the caregiver, and the rest of the family; styles of caregiving; and finally, an explanation of how the brain and its function changes with the progression of Alzheimer's disease.
Assessment: This book is lovingly crafted, gentle and compassionate in its approach. It shows religion and spirituality that live through action. So often, we concentrate on the demented person, not realizing the truth of "the family is the unit of treatment." The caregiving spouse not only has to provide care, but, as the Alzheimer's disease progresses, loses the ability to converse (the dement is no longer conversant). The caregiving spouse also loses the mirror of his or her own goodness that the now demented person used to reflect so glowingly. We have only begun to know how to help caregivers because we have focused our attention mostly on the dement. This book insightfully turns our attention in the right direction. I think it represents the wave of the future