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Loving Someone Who Has Dementia: How to Find Hope while Coping with Stress and Grief

When I saw this bok --I jumped for it. It is not quite the book I thought it would be. But we are in uncharted waters with Dementia This book seems to be broken down to a real basic level for the real basic people that find themselves in this struggle as caregivers.

How changing how you look at things can lower dementia caregiver stress

Pauline Boss the author has written several books to date. She explains in this book why she has written it in this particular manner. She wants to reach out to the wifes , sisters , family members that are pushed maybe even forced into the role of caretaker whether wanted or not.

She aslo exalts boys and men to be more so brought into these roles of caring and understanding. For me--it was a bit too basic for me I give credit to her that anything is written on the subject of Dementia. Give this book to a sister a brother a in law,carping step children, friends that don't understand Dementia or why it is changing you This book doesn't tell you how to get your Dad to take a shower. It doesn't tell you how to take the car keys away from your mother. It doesn't tell you when it's time for assisted living or nursing home care.

Instead, it tells you how not to go crazy right along with your loved one. Actually, it helps you understand that you aren't crazy -- the conflicting emotions you're feeling are normal.

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The tone of this book is a bit medical and formal at times, but not so much that a tired mom caring for her aging mother-in-law with alzheimers can't read it. I have to admit that I was a bit disappointed at first that this book wasn't going to help us figure out the issue of the car keys and assisted living, but I was wrong.

I was wrong to not put value on reading about my emotions, my husband's emotions, and our mental health as caregivers. Two of my favorite chapters included the chapter on Family Rituals, Celebrations, and Gatherings as well as the chapter outlining Seven Guidelines for the Journey. As the holidays are approaching and we're trying to figure out how to adapt them yet again for my mother-in-law's increasing confusion, I needed to read that. And with a recent increase in her care needs, I also needed to read the seven guidelines for the journey.


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Because it is a journey But Pauline Boss helped me see the benefits of the journey again. I'd actually like to give this book six stars. My husband has dementia and Pauline's book touches on so many of my daily feelings, the ups and downs, constant unpredictability, fears and hopes, and she offers good ways to accept what is happening, and be more at peace with the changes in my relationship with my husband.

I thought it would be another difficult book to read, but it is straightforward and there is so much to which I can relate. There are a number of really good books about dementia but this book is different, it is deeply personal. I recommend not reading the book too fast, I read a chapter and then thought about it for a few days before I read the next one. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase.


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My wife has the disease and as it progresses, there are times that I have a lot of difficulty dealing with the associated behavior. This book is outstanding in helping to get a grip on what is happening to my wonderful 50 year partner.


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  • I have more understanding of the anquish she is going through. I downloaded to the Kindle app and could highlight passages that were important to me. Now when I start to get down, I simply scan through the highlights in 10 min and get myself righted. I highly recommend this book for someone struggling with a loved one who has dementia. This book was given to me by a friend who read it, found it engaging and thought I would find it helpful.

    I am the primary caregiver for my mother who has been diagnosed with moderate Alzheimer's. Reading it did help. I opted to read one chapter a night so as to absorb the information. I found a lot of it to be helpful as she gave words and definitions to what I am experiencing.

    Loving Someone Who Has Dementia: How to Find Hope While Coping with Stress and Grief

    The opposite sex role she just missed completely. She seemed to think women are the only caregivers and while that is true, the men who are caregivers probably need more guidance as we are new to this and there are fewer of us. A chapter dedicated to dealing with emotional outburts from the parent would have been extremely helpful.

    Some Alzheimer's patients have a personality change and their language changes with it. My mother uses language she would never use if she were in her right mind. Also she has lost all her modesty. There was no indication on what to do to deal with these outbursts of nastiness which will crop up for no reason and then while the caregiver is trying to digest what happened, the patient has moved on to something else.

    All in all this is a book I felt was very helpful, so much so I bought four additonal copies for relatives and friends. If you are in a situation of taking care of someone with dementia, I encourage you to read this book. While it is not the be all and end all, it is a good first step. See all reviews.

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