Operation Caregivers: #LifewithDementia

Operation Caregivers: #LifewithDementia

by M.S. Alexandra Allred


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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!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780692961704
Publisher: The Next Chapter Publishing
Publication date: 10/26/2017
Pages: 366
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.76(d)

About the Author

Allred is the author of many fiction and non-fiction sports book. With a background in sports (Allred was named to the first ever US women's bobsled team and made sports history when named 'Athlete of the Year' for her sport in bobsled in 1994 by the United States Olympic Commitee while also pregnant), Allred earned her Masters in kinesiology, with a special interest in the special needs population.

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

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