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Saturday, October 20, 2012

When Your Parent Becomes Your Child

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Hope and inspiration for helping parents through the aging process and the decline that comes with dementia and Alzheimer's Disease. Dementia is one of the world's fastest growing illnesses. Without a major medical breakthrough, the estimated 24 million people living with some form of the disease could easily jump as high as 84 million by the year 2040. It is rapidly becoming everyone's problem. When Your Parent Becomes Your Child tells the story of one family who reluctantly began to recognize and then deal with the common issues found in caring for their elderly loved one:

•memory loss
•physical decline
•personal hygiene
•dangers of driving and living alone
•aberrant behavior
 •uncharacteristic attitudes

As he chronicles his own mom's degenerative condition, New York Times bestselling writer Ken Abraham not only educates but offers inspiration to help readers cope with and manage their family circumstances. With humor and spiritual reminders of God's command to honor our parents, Abraham encourages readers, helping them shoulder the additional, often difficult responsibilities. And though patients will not recover this side of heaven, he suggests many practical things that families can do to make the experience safer, kinder, and more endurable for everyone involved. Helping our loved ones live out their remaining years in dignity paves the way for a rewarding and enriching experience for our families, and for the people whose lives they have affected for all eternity.

Cafe Lily's Review:

If you are like me and have a parent with dementia, this book is a must read.  I can't say honestly that it was inspiring or brought me hope, but that could be because so much of what I read was eerily similar to real life and it gave me a cold, hard glimpse of the reality I am facing. 

I laughed and I cried, especially at the end, when it was time for "Minnie" to say her final good bye.

I did gain some wisdom from this book, especially in relating to a dementia patient and best methods of communication.  Facing a diagnosis like this is hard, along with all of the other decisions that have to be made. The author shares the story of what he went through with his own mom and prepares those of us following in his foot steps for the difficult days ahead.


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