Think about how many people need help and do not have family members to speak for them or take care of them. Think about how you can make a positive difference in someone’s life: Volunteer: Become A Caregiver. Learn how to protect yourself, your family and your children from Traumatic Brain Injury. Protecting the Elderly is so vital and important. Learn the Causes and Signs of Eldercare Abuse and help STOP IT! Use this book as your guide. This book is dedicated to two of the most amazing women in my life: My sister, Marcia Wallach who died from traumatic brain injury on July 8, 2010 and my mom, who made me strong, kind, responsible and caring: Ruth Swerdloff who passed away on March 7, 2010. My mom had Alzheimer’s and many other heart related illnesses. She was my voice growing up and I was hers for the past 10 years. If I had to do it again I would. Special thank you to the nurses on 9 North and 8 North in Albert Einstein Hospital in the Bronx for taking care of my mom and showing such understanding and compassion to all of your patients. To Daria Smith the nurse case manager and Anne the manager on 8 North you are so special and thank you for understanding my mom’s needs and helping me when I needed your assistance. The proceeds from this book will go for patient care and research for those with Alzheimer’s Disease and research for a cure at Albert Einstein/Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx.
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A short brochure dedicated to the team researching Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia at Montefiore, Fran Lewis’s Because we Care gives tips for caring for the sick and caring for carers too. Built on the author’s own experience caring for her mother and searching for resources to help, the book is filled with helpful lists answering simple questions in a quick inviting manner. I particularly enjoyed the practical suggestions in lists such as Kindness Tips for Volunteers—gentle reminders to smile, say good morning, make sure the patient eats and never treat the patient as a child. 10 signs of Alzheimers helps clarify the difference between Alzheimer’s and the normal forgetfulness of aging. And Final Care explains how the disease progresses with time. A second section discusses related issues with traumatic brain injury and a final series of short essays adds true stories to the mix. A brief helpful book for anyone facing these issues, this brochure shows you are not alone and gives you the feel of having someone to talk to. Disclosure: I won a free copy of this book from the author.
Because We Care - Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat and Think With Your Taste Buds 'As the primary and only caregiver for my mom who has Alzheimer's I have had to develop different ways to keep myself active and my mind stimulated. All too often as a caregiver you become so immersed in taking care of the needs of the person who is ill that we forget about our own. When you make the decision to care for a family member at home you are really taking on a challenge of herculean proportion. Every day is different and every challenge unique and must be handled differently but with kindness and care. When a person has Alzheimer's the hardest thing to deal with is their changing and erratic behaviors. They can be calm one minute and out of control or violent the next. These behaviors tend to put a lot of stress and strain on the caregiver.' Through her trial and error learning Author Fran Lewis discovered some of the most basic yet important things that the caregiver will be confronted with when caring, not only for those with Alzheimer's but other diseases and incapacitating illnesses. Through her book Because We Care she brings to light the warning signs of Alzheimer's as well as the importance of discussing your fears with the patient's doctor. She explains why it's so important to follow a routine with the patient to keep some of their confusion down. This includes things as simple as when to go to the bathroom, when to eat and even bed time. She stresses the importance of security with Alzheimer's patients. They do have a tendency to wander off so items such as ID bracelets or necklaces are exceptionally important as well as keeping a current picture handy in case the police are brought in to help with the find. Lewis discusses the choices you might face as to keeping the patient at their own home, having round the clock nurses, moving them into your own home or placing them in a facility. She brings to light the pros and cons, not just for the patient but also for the caregiver. How to find a suitable facility and even what questions to ask of not only a facility but of nurses for in-home-care. And truly just as important, how to spot patient abuse and what to do if you suspect or know this is happening to your loved one. Lewis also speaks, through first hand knowledge, about Traumatic Brain Injuries, which caused the death of her sister. And I must mention too that the proceeds for this book go to Montefiore Hospital to the fund they set up in memory of Fran Lewis' mom and sister. But one thing Lewis puts heavy stress on is the importance of the caregiver's own health and well being. She impresses the fact that the caregiver's whole normal way of life will change when taking over their patient. The stress that goes along with being a caregiver is so much more than you can ever imagine. And to help with this stress, Lewis offers suggestions throughout the book that will help when dealing with this phase of the care. I've only had short bouts with being a caregiver and never for an Alzheimer's patient. My Dad and I were both blessed with his being alert until the last couple days of his life. But I still know the stress that just watching him deteriorate in a short 5 month period put on me. I can't imagine watching someone with Alzheimer's change into a person who I no longer know nor knows me.
I can never say enough wonderful praises about "Because We Care" by Fran Lewis. So, I wish to say much more. In her well-researched book, she tackles most difficult topics relating to Altzheimers Disease: Nursing home abuse of the elderly Advice for family members Stages of the disease Medications The strain & stress on the caretaker When all else fails, how to deal with death Ms. Lewis is to be highly commended for her long-time research of this painful topic. She made the choice to be the caretaker, to document her mother's journey with Altzheimers and to share it with us. It is something we must face for this disease can happen to anyone. We can't look the other way anymore. I cannot say enough wonderful things about Ms. Lewis. I know her due to our common bond of The NYC Board of Education, and writing books. I value her friendship. I admire her tremendously. All proceeds of this book go for patient care and research for those with altzheimer's disease and research for a cure of Albert Einstein/Montegiore Hospitral in The Bronx, NYC as well as Ruth Swerdloff Clinical Research Fund at Montefiore Hospital, Bronx NYC. Most of all this book is in blessed memory of Ms. Lewis's beautiful mother: Ruth Swerdloff. May her spirit and wonderful contributions in her lifetime live on in the heart of Ms. Lewis forever. Blessings to Fran Lewis for all that she does and will continue to do to search for the cure and send this awful disease out of existence. It can be done. I know it will. This book is being recommended to The New York Public Library on 5th avenue & 42nd St. for catalog consideration in their Steven A. Schwarzman Reading Room. My name is Irene Brodsky. I teach and write books.