Creating Moments of Joy: A Journal for Caregivers

Creating Moments of Joy: A Journal for Caregivers

by Jolene Brackey

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This book offers many ways to create moments of joy. No matter what the environment or situation is, this book will be a positive tool on a daily basis. This book breaks down the learning process into five sections. Within those five sections are smaller steps. At the end of each step is a place to journal thoughts, ideas, solutions and treasures. With this journal, many moments of joy will be created.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781557534620
Publisher: Purdue University Press
Publication date: 09/01/2008
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 332
Sales rank: 670,222
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.63(d)

About the Author

Jolene Brackey began her career as an interior designer after graduating from Iowa State University. But she soon realized that she derived great joy from helping people improve the interiors of their lives, rather than their homes. When she left her interior design job, the first job available was in an Alzheimer' special care unit as an activity director. She didn't know what Alzheimer's was but she knew she liked older people. Before long, she realized that God had given her a gift. She found ways to create positive outcomes and moments of joy for the individuals with the disease, their loved ones, and professional caregivers. Eager to share her practical solutions and insights, Jolene began speaking at educational seminars. Her message of hope, encouragement-along with generous helpings of humor-was warmly embraced by family members and professional caregivers alike. So, she established a business, Enhanced Moments, to help guide people through the Alzheimer's journey. Jolene and her husband, Troy, live in Polson, Montana with their children Sidney, Taylor, and Keegan.

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Creating Moments of Joy for the Person with Alzheimer's or Dementia 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It would be easy to wax poetic on the value of this book, but easier still to just say that today I created a moment of joy for my brilliant, agitated, befuddled father-in-law, who is suffering from dementia and progressive aphasia. If you have a loved one - ANY loved one - who suffers from the cruelty of dementia, no matter what stage he or she is in, I cannot emphasize enough these three words: READ THIS BOOK. It will change you, and whatever precious time you have left, by creating many moments of joy in your loved one's heart, and yours.
mushface More than 1 year ago
I wish I would have had this book 2 years ago. It has been soooo bene ficial in understanding dementia and the people who are plagued with it. The chapters are short enough, the information is easy to understand. The writer made me laugh at times. It was also very thought provoking. I want to buy it for other friends and family. I recommended it to a nursing school instructor for her students.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is not only helpful, it is very upbeat. I wish I had known about it when my mother was first diagnosed with Alzheimers. Even so, it helped me so much even in the latter stages--moreso than the other clinical, depressing other books I've read. I have given many copies to family members. In fact, I'm about to order three more! I wish it had been required reading for the staff on Alzheimer's unit at my mother's nursing home! It would have been a much happier place and more comfortable for the residents.
reiny More than 1 year ago
I am a Stated Tested Nursing Assistant and have been one for 13 years, I am currently working on my activity directors certification. I normally work an Alz unit at a nursing home but have worked on ICF and Skilled units also. I believe that this should be required reading for anyone who has to deal with dementia residents. It is very easy to relate to and very realistic. It is a book that both staff and families should be encouraged to read. It is written in a very down to earth manner and broken down so well that everyone of any education and intellect will benefit from the messages it imparts. The author obviously knows what she is talking about, and truly cares about her patients, she relates humorous tidbits while sharing the important knowledge that she has to impart. This book is worth every dollar.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a gift for my grandfather who takes care of my grandmother with dementia. He said that it was helpful in understanding the nature of her condition which really makes both of thier lives easier.
Disdoula1 More than 1 year ago
I work with families of those afflicted with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia and this book is one I recommend to everyone. Our company has a training program to teach staff about caring for someone with dementia and this book condenses that program into book form. I gave this book to my mother when she was struggling to care for her husband with dementia and she quickly utilized the suggestions. Don't hesitate to buy this for yourself or someone you care about!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read several books on the topic of Alzheimer's and Dementia. This book offers many pracical suggestions for caregivers and loved ones that are dealing with a family member or friend who has this disease. I have been able to alter my approach in dealing with my mother from grieving for what is lost to trying to create small moments of joy for her as often as I can. She may not remember what I said 10 minutes later, but she does seems to remember how I made her feel. I have recommended this book to my brothers, father and to many friends who are also dealing with this issue.
moonbridgebooks More than 1 year ago
This book was given out at my mother's nursing home when Jolene Brackey came to speak. What a pot of gold she was! Animated, funny, and so obviously caring, she gave out armloads of info, advice, examples, and hope. Her book is a gem for anyone dealing with a dementia patient, especially for those new at it who are just as confused and flustered as the patient. Short, easy-to-understand chapters of what works and what doesn't, tips, advice, things to try to help ease the stresses of dementia care and of being a dementia patient. Brackey's style is warm and friendly, she's speaking directly to as she gives us advice on what to do when the patient is "robbed," how to get them through a shower without a fight, how to get them to eat, how to work with them and not push what you want, and perhaps most important, how to bring bits of joy into a difficult situation. Wish I knew about this book five years ago.
DeweyJS More than 1 year ago
If you want to live in harmony with your loved one and enhance all lives concerned......the author, Jolene Brackey, shares her gift of how to relate to dementia patients. Let them be the teacher and base your actions on their feelings. Jolene writes with compassion as she shares her experience and arms the reader with techniques to create joy in the moment.
jeannastime More than 1 year ago
This book talks about creating that one moment of joy, of connection for our LO. They may not connect with you, but they connect with what they sense. Sure they'er going to forget it shortly after it happens, but for that moment, that instant, you've given them something priceless.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book for the family and also the caregiver of my sister who has Alzheimers. They have found it very helpful and it should be included in the library of any person caring for someone with dementia.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book should be required reading for all family members and caregivers of people with dementia. Caring for them is a process we must learn and this book helps with the process. Excellent, excellent, excellent resource!!
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petloverPN More than 1 year ago
great ideas and projects to help keep your dementia patient involved.
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