Thursday, December 6, 2012

When Your Parent becomes your Child

When Your Parent Becomes Your Child
By Ken Abraham
About the book:
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.
My Thoughts:
As more families experience dementia firsthand, books such as this are a great help in understanding we are not alone in the quest of dealing with the disease. Ken Abraham has written an easy to follow personal story of his mother's journey with dementia. Ken offers great insight and advice for everyone walking this path. It is ironic how many of the situations the Abraham's family dealt with are played many times over with similar circumstances for others with Alzheimer's.
A key thing to remember people with dementia live in their own reality, we shouldn't try to pull them into ours because they are not there. We have to learn to enter their reality.
*i received this book free for review from Thomas Nelson Publshers*
Favorite Quote:
"She was lost, but we were the ones who didn't have a clue."
Rating: 5 carats

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