Written by a nurse with more than 40 years experience in the caring profession, including two decades specialising in dementia care, this book is a powerful tool for anyone giving regular care to a family member with dementia. What sets the book apart from the pack is the focus on the needs of the carer. Even for those who have much experience caring for loved ones with dementia, there are likely to be new strategies and tips here that will make life easier for everyone.
From understanding common behavioural and mood changes to making financial decisions, the clear layout offers bulleted lists of actions you can take to improve your health and your caregiving. Inspirational and compassionate, it focuses on the caregiver’s underlying love and humanity.
It also contains a section on understanding the different forms of dementia and sections on relaxation, reflection and mindfulness for carers. The back of the book is filled with useful practical resources, from financial planning to tips on safety, along with questions for healthcare professionals, lawyers, accountants, therapists and friends.
The book has a five-star rating on Amazon, with many readers documenting how the strategies and insights have turned around their thinking and lived experience with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. There are also words of praise from eminent medical professionals, such as Lisa K Baker, a licensed clinical psychologist and dementia coach:
Gail draws on her decades of experience to give dementia caregivers exactly what they need on this journey. The depth of her love and care comes across on every page, and it is so clear that she GETS IT. The lists of what to do or say, and what to ask the doctor, take this book to the next level as a resource caregivers can actually use in their day-to-day experience. I recommend this book to all caregivers.