Category: Book Reviews


The Memories Project

It has been just over a month since “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living with Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias” was released. So far, the demand has been overwhelming, the reviews extremely positive, and a second printing has been ordered!

Chicken Soup For the Soul: Living With Alzheimer's and Other Dementias

Since I was fortunate enough to be selected as a contributor, I have a few extra copies available. Starting today at noon ET, through Friday noon ET, you can enter a raffle for a chance to receive a complimentary copy of “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living with Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias.”

Note: You must click on the Rafflecopter link below to be registered for the contest. Rafflecopter is a popular, safe contest platform. You can login through Facebook or with an email address. Follow the prompts on the form to enter the raffle.

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A Book Review

The 36-Hour Day:A Family Guide to Caring for People Who have Alzheimer’s Disease, Related Dementia, and Memory Loss

Caregiving for a person with dementia is a daunting task. It requires the acquisition of new skills and knowledge, the mobilization of resources and family members, and it can leave the primary caregiver feeling burnt out or overwhelmed. On the other hand, caregiving can also produce moments of joy and happiness, a sense of pride, and meaningful connections with loved ones. This is the key message conveyed in The 36-Hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring for People Who have Alzheimer’s Disease, Related Dementia, and Memory Loss by Dr. Nancy Mace and Dr. Peter Rabins.  The book discusses the undeniable challenges associated with caregiving, while deftly outlining numerous tactics for addressing day-to-day and long range caregiving concerns.  It shows that dementia can be managed effectively with moments of delight along the way.

 

Each family’s story is unique, and that is reflected in the style of The 36-Hour Day.  The guide includes short vignettes and personal stories, which are derived from actual family members that have called or written in to share their experiences. The chapters can be read sequentially, or the reader can skip to sections that are most pertinent to their situation, a useful option for those caregivers and professionals who may have difficulty finding time to read a detailed book.

 

Don’t miss out on your opportunity to own this must-read. Call (248) 996-1053 to purchase your copy today!

I’m Still Here by Dr. John Zeisel represents a paradigm shift in the field of dementia care. In place of the traditional deficit-focused assessments and intervention strategies, Zeisel encourages care partners to instead capitalize on the remaining strengths and abilities possessed by the person living with the disease. Alzheimer’s disease is, for many, a long journey — perhaps lasting a decade or more. Over the course of this journey, the person still has the capacity to participate meaningfully in life and form new, rich memories. He/she still has access to many well-preserved abilities; in fact, some abilities become more acute after the onset of dementia. The person with Alzheimer’s disease, for instance, may excel at tasks that require artistic expression or emotional intelligence. In the absence of self-censorship, the person may become more creative. By relying more heavily upon innate non-verbal communication, the person may become more emotionally perceptive and sensitive.

Zeisel outlines in his book practical and strategic methods for implementing a strength-based, compassionate approach to Alzheimer’s care. Various nonpharmacological methodologies are explored, such as use of visual and dramatic arts in care provision, effective communication strategies, and caregiver mindfulness. I’m Still Here is a book rich in information and is touted by many as a must-read for anyone affected by a diagnosis of dementia. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to learn more about this innovative care model. Call (248) 996-1053 to purchase this book today!

Learn more about the book and its mission at John Zeisel’s blog www.imstillhere.org. Hear Dr. Zeisel’s keynote presentation at our Fall Conference on November 5th!