The Alzheimer’s Journey


If you are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, it’s not likely you were trained to do so. You dearly love the person you care for and want to provide compassionate care, but you are learning as you go along.

I understand this process because it’s been the path I’ve followed. When my husband, Marshall, received confirmation that his symptoms were indeed representative of Alzheimer’s, I began reading every available resource and seeking guidance from doctors and professional caregivers. Mostly, I learned from personal experience—which the disease offers endless opportunities to do just that—as it necessitates your undivided attention 24 hours a day, day-after-day, often for a decade or more.

My newest book, Navigating Alzheimer’s. 12 Truths about Caring for Your Loved, shares my findings. It discusses the most pressing questions on primary caregiver’s minds including: What is the difference between normal aging and Alzheimer’s; What happens next; Why does my love one act so differently at different times; How do I affect their behavior; How do I plan for special events with my love one; Why do I feel such deep, ongoing depression; Why can’t I do things better; How do I handle comments from others who know little of what I am dealing with; What is the cost of care; Where can I turn to for help; and What should I consider when looking for an assisted living home for memory care?

Navigating Alzheimer’s is packed with important information for anyone with a love one with Alzheimer’s especially if they are the primary caregiver. It offers an honest picture of the reality of such intensive caregiving as well as a good dose of hope and support. The format clearly lays out each topic with bulleted lists, charts, and final points to consider at the end of each chapter as well as personal experiences and observations. The book is a valuable resource throughout the Alzheimer’s journey.

You can listen to an interview about Navigating Alzheimer’s on WGN Radio.

(Re-posted from Doyle’s Delights. All of my book reviews are posted on this site.)

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