Staying Afloat In A Sea Of Forgetfulness

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Staying Afloat in a Sea of Forgetfulness: Common Sense Caregiving Expanded Edition

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  • ISBN-13: 9781462877058
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse
  • Publication date: 7/5/2011
  • Edition description: Expanded
  • Pages: 332
  • Sales rank: 487,164
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.74 (d)

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  • Posted August 21, 2011

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    A MUST read for anyone dealing with an Alzheimer's/Dementia Patient

    This is a well written book that covers everything that I have encountered with the Alzheimer's/Dementia patient.
    It should be required reading in all medical field training.
    Everyone working in an Alzheimer's Ward should have to read this book before day one on the job.
    This book should be handed to the caregiver of the loved one diagnosed as the doctor is saying the words Alzheimer's or Dementia.
    It is in written layman terms.It brings you into the understanding of the disease in such a way that you think "Yeah,that makes sense"
    As a caregiver,I have said "How can you expect the unexpected?" Gary explains what to be looking for in every stage of the disease. He has taken the unexpected factor down to nil, covering every problem I have encountered as a caregiver.
    I highly recommend this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 21, 2011

    Common Sense Support for Dementia Caregivers

    Staying Afloat In A Sea Of Forgetfulness by Gary Le Blanc Gary Le Blanc knows what he's talking about. He lived it. Caring for his Dad for ten years, making that loving commitment to see things through, come what may. As a caregiver of a loved one with dementia, you are thrown into a raging sea of chaos and information, and expected to sink or swim. You are usually exhausted, adrift and feeling very isolated. Suddenly you are caring for one whose every minute must be monitored, or they might wander off. You must learn to slow down, take each moment as it comes, and be ready for rough waters. And yet you must project a positive attitude, because people with dementia are very sensitive. Staying Afloat In A Sea of Forgetfulness is full of common sense that only a caregiver could write. Every dementia patient is different, but there are common experiences that make the caregiver feel calmer. If you read nothing else, read this. The book is designed as a series of articles. I refer to it often. Ruthie R

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 21, 2011

    Highly Recommeded....for reading and for research to go back to.

    Mr. LeBlanc has created what we have been looking for, for a long, long time. A book about Caregiving in simple, layman terms.

    I have EOAD and can no longer read. My wife read this to me, she would read a chapter every night before we go to bed.

    We both, but especially her gained so much insight into the Caregiving roll. We know about the disease, I was diagnosed over a year ago, but we learn something new everyday to help us in our daily struggle. And this book is at the top of the list.

    We have read others, but not one written so well, you can actually visualize what Gary, and his Father had to deal with, everyday. With each day being different than the last.

    Thank you for writing this informative book. We will go back to it, time and time again...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 6, 2013

    Well written and informative. Gary tells it like it is having be

    Well written and informative. Gary tells it like it is having been a caregiver to his father. This takes you through what to expect and also the unexpected things that come up in the daily life of a loved one with Alzheimer's. I am going to pass this book on to my children to read so they have an idea what it's like for me as a caregiver and for their father living with AD.

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  • Posted July 20, 2013

    Gary Joseph LeBlanc, a columnist, speaker, and book dealer who c

    Gary Joseph LeBlanc, a columnist, speaker, and book dealer who cared for his father with Alzheimer's disease for 10 years, has written an easy-to-read and informed guide for dementia caregivers. After caring for my mother for 8 years, and researching dementia for my memoir about caregiving, I appreciate LeBlanc's down-to-earth style as well as the accuracy of the information he shares. His anecdotes about caring for his father in his home, and his observations about dementia and the challenges of caregiving, are well-written and supported by current research. He covers a wide range of issues that caregivers are likely to encounter, from sleep issues, "sun-downing," and incontinence care to what to look for if you need to place your loved one in a facility, and the importance of seeking support as a caregiver. I recommend this book to anyone who's caring for a loved one or friend with Alzheimer's disease or another dementia, whether around-the-clock at home, or from a distance. His advice is invaluable.
    --author, "Inside the Dementia Epidemic: A Daughter's Memoir"

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  • Posted September 7, 2011

    A must read for anyone who has been touched by Alzheimer's Disease!

    I read Staying Afloat in a Sea of Forgetfulness because Gary is my friend and, knowing my love of books, he recommended it to me as a good read. :) As I have not had any experience with Alzheimer's Disease, I didn't know what to expect. What I got was an amazing sense of pride and respect for Gary. This book made me laugh, it made me cry, and was so clearly written even I, with my limited knowledge of this disease, could understand what measures need to be taken to ensure a loved one is cared for. Gary has managed to write a book that goes straight to the heart of the day to day challenges of caregiving, and anyone who is undertaking, or thinking of undertaking this loving burden should read it.

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  • Posted August 22, 2011

    HIghly Recommended

    I just finished the book and it is a GREAT and MUST read book. It is very well written and "down to earth". It totally tells his experience as a caregiver for 10 years, what he and his Father went through, the good and happy times along with the bad and sad times. He tells about what strategies worked and didn't work for him and his trial along the way. I can so relate to his book as I am a caregiver myself. I am experiencing some of the challenges right now but I know now that I have more on the way. I am going to re-read the book and highlight the information that I definitely want to remember. Gary, thank you so much for sharing with all of us in the Alzheimer's world.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2011

    Highly recommended

    I am a nurse and take care of Alzheimers/dementia patients. This is a must read for any one that is the caregiver of this type of patient. It gives them actual helpful tips, comforts the reader because the author has "been there...done that!" It's a great book and I recommend this to people all the time. I have actually met the author (he lives in a nearby town and occasionally gives short presentations re: Alzheimers Dis) and he is a great man for passing on his story.

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  • Posted May 26, 2010


    This is an extremely well written, practical guide for anyone who is a caregiver for an Alzheimer's patient. The author is clearly well versed in the day-to-day routines necessary for such a patient. He writes simply, in his own words, about his experiences as a caregiver for his father, who suffered from this disease. He touches on many issues that are never brought up, or discussed in other textbooks. Rather than being clinical in it's nature, this book is written on a personal level, by a real person who has experienced real issues in caring for his father. After reading this, I would definitely recommend this book for anyone who is currently caring for their loved one, or anyone who is thinking of taking on this monumental task.

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    Posted February 1, 2011

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