Staying Afloat in a Sea of Forgetfulness: Common Sense Caregiving Expanded Edition

Staying Afloat in a Sea of Forgetfulness: Common Sense Caregiving Expanded Edition

by Gary Joseph LeBlanc
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Staying Afloat in a Sea of Forgetfulness: Common Sense Caregiving Expanded Edition by Gary Joseph LeBlanc

When my father was first diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, I read and researched everything I could get my hands on about the disease. Right off the bat I could tell if it was written by a physician, pharmaceutical company or even a nursing home. When caregivers are looking for help, the last thing they need is medical text so complex they already forgot what they read by the time it’s laid back down. This is what got me started on writing about common sense caregiving, which turned into a weekly column and now into this book. My goal is to make this book as “caregiver friendly” as possible. Sharing my triumphs and hardships from my plus three-thousand day campaign in dealing with the disease of Alzheimer’s and the world of memory-impairment. Gary Joseph LeBlanc is a columnist, speaker and book dealer from Spring Hill, Florida. He was the primary caregiver of his beloved father stricken with Alzheimer’s disease for nearly the past decade. LeBlanc’s weekly column appears in the Hernando Today, a Tampa Tribune Publication and other health publications. His writings offer insight and hope through his own journey of caregiving, dealing with the memory-impaired, given in a caregiver friendly manner.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781462877072
Publisher: Xlibris US
Publication date: 06/02/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 330
Sales rank: 295,860
File size: 1 MB

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Staying Afloat in a Sea of Forgetfulness 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
jennyrose More than 1 year ago
Staying Afloat In A Sea Of Forgetfulness by Gary Le Blanc Gary Le Blanc knows what he's talking about. He lived it. Caring for his Dad for ten years, making that loving commitment to see things through, come what may. As a caregiver of a loved one with dementia, you are thrown into a raging sea of chaos and information, and expected to sink or swim. You are usually exhausted, adrift and feeling very isolated. Suddenly you are caring for one whose every minute must be monitored, or they might wander off. You must learn to slow down, take each moment as it comes, and be ready for rough waters. And yet you must project a positive attitude, because people with dementia are very sensitive. Staying Afloat In A Sea of Forgetfulness is full of common sense that only a caregiver could write. Every dementia patient is different, but there are common experiences that make the caregiver feel calmer. If you read nothing else, read this. The book is designed as a series of articles. I refer to it often. Ruthie R
MarcusBennett More than 1 year ago
This is a well written book that covers everything that I have encountered with the Alzheimer's/Dementia patient. It should be required reading in all medical field training. Everyone working in an Alzheimer's Ward should have to read this book before day one on the job. This book should be handed to the caregiver of the loved one diagnosed as the doctor is saying the words Alzheimer's or Dementia. It is in written layman terms.It brings you into the understanding of the disease in such a way that you think "Yeah,that makes sense" As a caregiver,I have said "How can you expect the unexpected?" Gary explains what to be looking for in every stage of the disease. He has taken the unexpected factor down to nil, covering every problem I have encountered as a caregiver. I highly recommend this book.
Rick_P More than 1 year ago
Mr. LeBlanc has created what we have been looking for, for a long, long time. A book about Caregiving in simple, layman terms. I have EOAD and can no longer read. My wife read this to me, she would read a chapter every night before we go to bed. We both, but especially her gained so much insight into the Caregiving roll. We know about the disease, I was diagnosed over a year ago, but we learn something new everyday to help us in our daily struggle. And this book is at the top of the list. We have read others, but not one written so well, you can actually visualize what Gary, and his Father had to deal with, everyday. With each day being different than the last. Thank you for writing this informative book. We will go back to it, time and time again...
pretty-bird More than 1 year ago
Well written and informative. Gary tells it like it is having been a caregiver to his father. This takes you through what to expect and also the unexpected things that come up in the daily life of a loved one with Alzheimer's. I am going to pass this book on to my children to read so they have an idea what it's like for me as a caregiver and for their father living with AD.
MarthaStettinius More than 1 year ago
Gary Joseph LeBlanc, a columnist, speaker, and book dealer who cared for his father with Alzheimer's disease for 10 years, has written an easy-to-read and informed guide for dementia caregivers. After caring for my mother for 8 years, and researching dementia for my memoir about caregiving, I appreciate LeBlanc's down-to-earth style as well as the accuracy of the information he shares. His anecdotes about caring for his father in his home, and his observations about dementia and the challenges of caregiving, are well-written and supported by current research. He covers a wide range of issues that caregivers are likely to encounter, from sleep issues, "sun-downing," and incontinence care to what to look for if you need to place your loved one in a facility, and the importance of seeking support as a caregiver. I recommend this book to anyone who's caring for a loved one or friend with Alzheimer's disease or another dementia, whether around-the-clock at home, or from a distance. His advice is invaluable. --author, "Inside the Dementia Epidemic: A Daughter's Memoir"
PhyllisJune More than 1 year ago
I just finished the book and it is a GREAT and MUST read book. It is very well written and "down to earth". It totally tells his experience as a caregiver for 10 years, what he and his Father went through, the good and happy times along with the bad and sad times. He tells about what strategies worked and didn't work for him and his trial along the way. I can so relate to his book as I am a caregiver myself. I am experiencing some of the challenges right now but I know now that I have more on the way. I am going to re-read the book and highlight the information that I definitely want to remember. Gary, thank you so much for sharing with all of us in the Alzheimer's world.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a nurse and take care of Alzheimers/dementia patients. This is a must read for any one that is the caregiver of this type of patient. It gives them actual helpful tips, comforts the reader because the author has "been there...done that!" It's a great book and I recommend this to people all the time. I have actually met the author (he lives in a nearby town and occasionally gives short presentations re: Alzheimers Dis) and he is a great man for passing on his story.
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Erin_Lawton More than 1 year ago
This is an extremely well written, practical guide for anyone who is a caregiver for an Alzheimer's patient. The author is clearly well versed in the day-to-day routines necessary for such a patient. He writes simply, in his own words, about his experiences as a caregiver for his father, who suffered from this disease. He touches on many issues that are never brought up, or discussed in other textbooks. Rather than being clinical in it's nature, this book is written on a personal level, by a real person who has experienced real issues in caring for his father. After reading this, I would definitely recommend this book for anyone who is currently caring for their loved one, or anyone who is thinking of taking on this monumental task.