No Act of Love Is Ever Wasted: The Spirituality of Caring for Persons with Dementia

No Act of Love Is Ever Wasted: The Spirituality of Caring for Persons with Dementia

by Jane Marie Thibault, Richard L. Morgan


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With more than five million people in the United States living with Alzheimer's disease and nearly ten million loved ones caring for them, addressing the concerns of these elders and their caregivers is a matter of increasing importance. Relying on their many years of experience in this area, Jane Thibault and Richard Morgan offer this book to provide a fresh, hopeful model of dealing with life and death in the realm of Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. Caregivers have two basic needs: affirmation that caregiving is not in vain and reassurance that the lives of those for whom they care are not being lived in vain. Care receivers need more than medical attention; they need tender care, involvement in the community, and a sense of connection with a loving God. When patient and caregiver regard this shared experience as a "mutual spiritual path," each plays a role in deepening the spiritual life of the other. No Act of Love Is Ever Wasted is an excellent resource for individuals caring for loved ones as well as for counselors, support group leaders, pastors, and other professionals. In addition to offering practical ways to help, this book serves as a reminder that every act of love brings positive transformation to the recipient, to the giver, and to the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780835899956
Publisher: Upper Room Books
Publication date: 09/01/2009
Pages: 175
Sales rank: 446,805
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Dr. Earl A. Grollman 9

Introduction: Needed: Living Water 12


1 Giving and Receiving Care 25

2 Facts and Fallacies about Dementia 35

3 Caregiving: A Mutual Spiritual Path 55

4 Spiritual Needs of Caregivers 78

5 Spiritual Care in Memory Care Facilities 93

6 That All May Worship 116

7 Where Is the Church in All of This? 142


1 Suggested Reading 161

2 Psalm 139 for Caregivers 164

3 Leading a Support Group for Persons with Dementia 166

4 Worship Through Music and Symbols 170

Notes 171

Index 173

About the Authors 176

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