When military intelligence officer, Col. Powe, is stricken with dementia, it quickly becomes a family affair. For more than a decade, it would turn out, Powe had been keeping a very non-classified secret from his family -- his wife had Alzheimer's. Daughters Michelle Powe and Alexandra Allred are forced to step in to do a job no child (grown or otherwise) ever wants to do. True to thier upbringing, however, Michelle and Alexandra approach each new task as a military strike or information-gathering mission.
Operation Caregivers: #LifewithDementia is a laugh-out-loud, heartbreaking story about two exceptional people who never had a chance against dementia and Alzheimer's. Told by youngest daughter, Alexandra, stories of Col. Powe's extraordinary exploits in the military and adventures from around the world, the reader is reminded again and again of the toll dementia can take on us all.
While the book reads more like a novel than a self-help book, the second half of the book is a compilation of what-to-do and what-not-to-do lists Allred discovered as she blundered through her role as Power of Attorney. Prepare to laugh, prepare to fall in love with the Powes, grab a box of tissues, and get your Living Will ready. #LifewithDementia is so much more than you thought it would be!
|Publisher:||The Next Chapter Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.76(d)|
About the Author
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: The Spy with Dementia
Chapter 2: Those First Signs
Chapter 3: Ready to Take Action …sort of
Chapter 4: Inside Spy World
Chapter 5: No Longer in the Shadows Dementia Reveals Itself
Chapter 6: Our First Diagnosis
Chapter 7: What We Weren’t Ready For
Chapter 8: A Power of Attorney Without Power!
…Ten Ways to Communicate w/ a Person Diagnosed w/ Dementia
Chapter 9: Operation Hummingbird Talking to Dementia
Chapter 10: She Came Dressed to her Funeral
Chapter 11: The UnCaring Caregivers
Chapter 12: Finally! Our Home of Hope and Happiness
Chapter 13: Love vs. Dementia (No Contest)
Chapter 14: Operation We-Can’t-and-Won’t-Tell-You
Chapter 15: Virtual Dementia Tour & Divorce (The Lies of Dementia)
Chapter 16: Yet Another Diagnosis
Funny Facebook Postings
Part II: Operation Check Lists
Chapter 17: Understanding Where You Are Right Now!
Chapter 18: What Legal and Health Plans Do You Have?
Chapter 19: Top 10 Lists to Better Understanding Dementia
(and how it affects you!)
Chapter 20: Who and What is Caregiving
Chapter 21: Residential Living, Assisted Living & Memory Care
Chapter 22: #LifeinMemoryCare
Chapter 23: The Everything File: Learning the Hard Way
Chapter 24: Preparing Your Final Chapter
Postscript: Daddy Walks to End Alzheimer’s
Sample Power of Attorney