What My Grandchildren Taught Me about Alzheimer’s Disease
How does a polar bear pooping on a rug turn into a lesson on Alzheimer’s behaviors of paranoia and hallucinations?
Or a pregnant aunt turn into a lesson about long-term care decisions?
The innocent dialogue and anecdotes the author has recorded for years between her and her grandchildren serve as introductions – and lessons learned – to managing the daily responsibilities in Alzheimer’s care. These poignant stories and insightful perspectives offer a fresh approach in understanding the disease. Thought-provoking, humorous, and endearing, this book will have you experiencing the journey of Alzheimer’s disease in a most light-hearted and non-threatening way, so much so that you will hardly realize how much knowledge and how many skills you are acquiring along the way. From understanding the components of the disease, to discovering various ways to communicate, to coping with difficult behavioral expressions; from weaving through all the emotions experienced by the caregiver, to understanding person-centered care, to the importance of social engagement, and much more, this book is a vital and handy resource for anybody affected by Alzheimer’s disease.
Published: Sep 14, 2022
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It reminded me of the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” book series as well as those “what to expect when you’re expecting” novels for new parents, except the focus here is on people living with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers.
Fayron Epps, Assistant Professor, NHCGNE Distinguished Educator in Gerontological Nursing, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory University, Atlanta
The author paints such beautiful personal stories and ties it all together so well with the concepts she is conveying. She knows the challenges of being an Alzheimer’s caregiver. It would be a beautiful resource to those tackling this difficult struggle. I can see it even being utilized as a companion resource for Alzheimer’s support groups.
Robert M. Brouillette, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Institute for Dementia Research and Prevention, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
[Dana] takes a complicated, detailed topic of Alzheimer’s, and humbly teaches us that through a more simplistic viewpoint profound lessons can be learned. Dana can make you laugh and she can make you cry, but above all she will prepare you to confront dementia head on, and you’ll be the better for it. Read on, and share what you discover.
From the Foreword by Jack York, Co-Founder of iN2L – “It’s Never Too Late”