Updated Resources 2010
Library Journal: ...families facing life with Alzheimer's will find these pieces inspirational and comforting. An uplifting addition to most Alzheimer's and caregiving collections. (Entire review at end.)
Description: Amidst the clouds of Alzheimer's, which strikes an estimated 26 million people worldwide, caregivers and their loved ones grasp for rays of sunshine to dry their tears with laughter with these stories, poems, and pictures.
A rich, informative, and moving collection of personal accounts, poems, and essays. David Troxel, MPH, Author, The Best Friends Approach to Alzheimer's Care
Library Journal Review (Complete)
Avadian, Brenda. Finding the JOY in Alzheimer's. Vol. 2:
When Tears Are Dried with Laughter. North Star Books Sept. 2003, 176 p. photos. Biblio. ISBN 0-9632752-3-2 pap. $15
Avadian ("Where's my shoes": My Father's Walk through Alzheimer's)
follows up on her 2002 volume, Finding the Joy in Alzheimer's:
Caregivers Share the Joyful Times, with this collection of personal essays,
stories, and poems by family members and professional caregivers on such subjects as how caregivers view caregiving, lessons learned from people with Alzheimer's, taking a break from caregiving, and caregiver tributes to their charges. Contributors range in age from elderly spouses to a ten-year-old grandchild. Their stories express the terrible losses caused by the disease and families' love and determination to make the best lives possible for their ill relatives while finding humor and fulfillment in caregiving tasks. Many families facing life with Alzheimer's will find these pieces inspirational and comforting. An uplifting addition to most Alzheimer's and caregiving collections.
Watch for Finding the JOY in CAREGIVING--the third in this series of Finding the JOY titles.