New Every Day: Navigating Alzheimer's with Grace and Compassion

New Every Day: Navigating Alzheimer's with Grace and Compassion

by Dave Meurer


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Alzheimer's. It barges into your life, breaks your heart, bewilders your mind, disrupts your plans, impacts your finances, and consumes enormous amounts of time and energy. When someone you love has Alzheimer's, you need more than just information on the disease—you need a break. You need a laugh. You need a friend by your side who knows exactly what you're going through.

Award-winning humorist Dave M. Meurer is that friend. Packed with practical information—like how to get the DMV to take away the car keys or how you shouldn't insist on correcting your loved one's misperceptions—and plenty of true stories from his own experiences navigating life with a loved one who suffers from Alzheimer's, New Every Day offers hard-earned wisdom and even some badly needed comic relief for readers journeying down this difficult road. With compassion born of experience, Meurer helps caregivers develop the ability to relax, adapt, and even sometimes laugh again.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800734756
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/20/2018
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 1,141,795
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Dave Meurer is an award-winning author and talented humor writer whose columns and articles are featured in major publications such as Focus on the Family, New Man, In Touch, Marriage Partnership, and HomeLife. He is a graduate of California State University at Chico and earned a dual degree in political science and information and communication studies. Dave is the dedicated husband to his wife, Dale, father of two boys, and a caregiver to his mother-in-law who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. He lives in northern California where he serves as community liaison at Klamath River Renewal Corporation, undertaking the largest dam removal and river restoration project in United States history.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 11

1 Sweet Little Lies 13

2 Driven to Distraction 20

3 The Non-Chapter Note 25

4 The Runaway 27

5 This Is Not Normal 30

6 Money Matters 48

7 I'm Feeling Fine 56

8 Laughter Is Good for the Soul, Spleen, and Mental Health 64

9 Notable Techniques for Beating a Dead Horse 68

10 Dr. Finster's Miracle Dementia-B-Gone Elixir 72

11 This Is Going to Hurt 76

12 The Ebb and Flow of Dementia 82

13 Some Can and Do; Some Can't and Shouldn't 86

14 And Now a Few Words from Karin's Daughter 98

15 Practicing without a License 105

16 Playing for All This 110

17 Medicare and Medicaid-How They Will and Won't Help 129

18 Are You Smoking Something? 145

19 Am I Wasting My Time? 150

20 Patience Is a Virtue 154

21 Double Trouble 160

22 Moving In, Moving Out, Moving On 164

23 Independent (More or Less) Living 170

24 A$$isted Living 177

25 Hospice Is Not a Bad Word 193

26 They Call Me a Wanderer 196

27 Resentment, Fear, and Other Hazards of Caregiving 204

28 Don't Bail Out Now 211

29 A Life More Real Than This One 215

30 A Few Final Thoughts 221

Notes 225

Customer Reviews

New Every Day: Navigating Alzheimer's with Grace and Compassion 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After finishing this book, I couldn't help but think "what a wonderful resource". It's evident from the beginning that the author approaches the subject with a lot of compassion, as well as humor. I've had some experiencing within my church family, members suffering from dementia. I think it's one of those things that most of us worry about as we age. Because we don't want to be a burden on our family or friends. We don't want to annoy them with the same question we'd asked a dozen times before, that same day...sometimes within a few minutes.  Recently, a friend mentioned someone close to her had just been diagnosed with Alzheimer's. I mentioned this book, which she immediately took an interest in. I will be happily sharing this with her, as well as the family going through this. And while society tends to lose patience, I'd urge each and everyone that goes about on their daily routine to learn patience. It's not something that comes easily, I know. And there are days that patience is low on the list. How scary and frustrating for those that are just starting to suffer the effects of dementia. They could use all the compassion, grace and help possible. I highly recommend New Every Day as a resource for families (and even friends) of individuals going through dementia. Dave Meurer does a brilliant job giving us a little bit of humor while at the same time noting the difficulties and challenges that come with the diagnosis. Dave offers information on Medicare vs Medicaid, assisted living vs nursing care, the importance of an advanced directive, or why experimenting on your relative with dementia isn't a good thing and more. As I said, there is humor throughout.  I received a complimentary copy from Revell. The thoughts and honest opinions in this review are my own.
Teadrinker More than 1 year ago
I have personal experience with Alzheimer's disease and dementia as we have cared for family members and I have friends caring for family members with this disease. I understand the toll it can take on caregivers so I try to read whatever I can about this disease and how to care for those who have it. New Every Day by Dave Meurer is full of compassion and great advice for those who are caring for a loved one with this disease. New Every Day, according to Meurer, is not written in any particular order to sort of mimic what it is like to deal with the disease that often seems somewhat random in how it presents itself. Meurer give a lot of factual information on how to care for your loved one, how to pace yourself and not burn out, how to manage the financial and legal end of things, and a lot of other good information. At the same time, Meurer encourages caregivers to keep their sense of humor throughout the book. I think New Every Day would be especially helpful to someone new to caregiving for a family member with Alzheimers. However, there is a lot of good information and reminders that could be helpful for someone who has been helping a loved one with dementia for awhile. I appreciated all of the helpful information in this book. I also thought it was good that Meurer encourages readers to have a sense of humor. He makes jokes and shares funny stories throughout the book. Even if you don't always appreciate his joke or humor, I think the reminder to laugh and enjoy as much time as you can with your loved one is a good one to keep in mind. I would recommend New Every Day to anyone caring for a loved with Alzheimers or another form of dementia. I received this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review.
sesquius More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book. Whether you know of someone personally who current has Alzheimers or someone on the peripherals, this is a book well worth reading. My mother-in-law's mom had Alzheimer's and I know that this book would have been perfect for her. She would agree with everything mentioned within it's pages. Each day is a new journey, and it reminds me of that movie with Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, called Fifty First Dates. It was a laughing matter for the movie, but when you think about it that is the life of an Alzheimer's patient and their family. Dave was very honest and straightforward in his writing, a cozy read as though he is your best friend giving tips on how to survive. I really liked his third chapter in which he interjects the explanation for the rest of the book. His apologies in adding this chapter just before print, and his reasonings for it. You just go with the flow, just as it is on a daily basis with your loved one. Each day is faced with grace and compassion, just as the tagline says. It is one, where I see how those who are not directly affected with Alzheimer's could help out families of those who are. It is a very tiring process and it's never ending. I would definitely recommend this book for anyone to read, not only those with Alzheimer's in the family but those without. It brings forth a new awakening and knowledge. I received this book from Revell Publishing  and was happy that the publisher gave me the opportunity to read it.
hannahkercheval More than 1 year ago
disclaimer; I was sent a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. New Every Day: Navigating Alzheimer’s with Grace and Compassion by Dave Meurer gives readers a realistic, compassionate, and intimate look at how Alzheimer’s can affect your life. Not only is this book slated to provide helpful information to both caregivers and those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, but the humorous and passionate writing style will make them both feel happy and more at ease. While Alzheimer’s is something than can drastically change your life in major little ways, this book reminds readers how important it is to still practice gratitude and patience. That’s something I thought was really amazing about this book. Because when you or a loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, it can be easy to fall into negative thinking and only looking at the bad side of things. But the gentle positivity Dave Meurer encourages readers to practice, really helps put things into perspective. I’d highly recommend this book!!