May 25, 2017

What I read this week ..Michelle from the Alzheimer's NSW library

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When your parent becomes your child : a journey of faith through my mother's dementia 

available in 

  • book
  • CD and 
  • downloadable audio book

by Ken Abraham

This is a very different book to what i usually read - but i found it in formative from both a carers perspective and in terms of practical information about dementia's effect on an elderly person. 

Ken is a devoted and religious son and he makes the difficult decisions in a loving but practical way.

You will learn about the symptoms that pointed to dementia but went un-diagnosed and the behaviours that were not typical of his mother but of the disease.

He seemed to find the strength to love and care for his mother, spend time with her, feel his feelings but also to learn from the ordeal.

I listened to it on CD in the car and though it was sad I couldn’t wait to get back into the car and find out what happened next and see how he coped with it.

The book takes you from the early stages to the end stage and it is wonderful to share this journey with him and his family.

 *The book would be interesting to those who are caring for a parent and those interested in dementia and spirituality and pastoral care.

from the cover- 
As he chronicles his own mother's degenerative condition, New York Times best-selling writer Ken Abraham educates while offering inspiration to help readers cope with and manage their family circumstances. 

With humor and spiritual reminders, Abraham encourages readers through often-difficult responsibilities. And though in most cases 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.

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