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Dementia in the Family: Practical Advice From a Caregiver

by Lee Cardwell Self-Counsel Press
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Pbk 160 pages
AU$28.99 NZ$29.56
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Millions of people now have some form of dementia and they generally each have more than one care partner. This number is growing each year and will continue to grow until a cure is found. There are books that are very clinical and books that are fictional, but Dementia in the Family provides clinical information in lay terms within a true story of how dementia affects not just the person with the disease, but everyone around them. The author’s gentle humor offers the reader moments of lightness in what could be a very dark read. Anyone can read and learn from this warm, practical, and all-encompassing book on dementia.


PROLOGUE 1 – WHAT IS DEMENTIA? Lee describes the disease in a way that most people can understand. 2 – ALZHEIMER'S VERSUS NORMAL AGING Lee provides a questionnaire to see if your loved one is aging naturally or further steps should be taken. 3 – OTHER DEMENTIA TYPES Lee describes other forms of dementia. 4 – MY MOTHER AND SIGNS OF DEMENTIA Lee introduces her mother and her many talents. She shares how her mother's dementia started to show its face and affect their lives. 5 – LIVING OPTIONS FOR SENIORS Lee discusses whether care outside the home is required and what types of in- home care are available. 6 – AND THE WINNER IS Lee discusses her decision to put her mother in an assisted living environment and all the accompanying emotions. 7 – THE LONG-TERM CARE FACILITY EXPERIENCE Lee shares her experiences and the steps involved with putting her mother into long-term care. 8 – THE END FOR MY MOTHER How Lee's mother's life ended and the emotions associated with her death (and feeling that she had been "gone" long before her physical end). 9 – OTHER MOTHERS Humorous stories about other people and their mothers living with dementia. 10 – MY HUSBAND'S DEMENTIA Lee introduces readers to her husband and his struggle with dementia. 11 – DECIDING TO PROVIDE FULL-TIME CARE Behaviours that convinced Lee to retire to care for her husband. 12 – CNN – THE GOOD AND THE BAD NEWS More elaboration on Lee's husband's behaviours. His obsession with CNN. 13 – FUNNY BUT TRUE Examples of how travelling with a person with dementia can have its own unique problems and interesting outcomes. A few more anecdotes since Lee's husband has progressed through the stages of dementia. How to view these events with a sense of humour and compassion. 14 – DAY PROGRAM ADVENTURES Whether a day program will work for you and your loved one. How Lee tried to make the day program work for her husband. 15 – WHAT DEMENTIA HAS TAUGHT ME Lee's personal reflections and reactions to dementia. 16 – WHAT I AM DOING ABOUT DEMENTIA? A call to action to spread the word about what she has done and seen. She provides information for others and hopefully for future research. 17 – SELF CARE The importance of "putting on your own oxygen mask" before assisting others. How to recognize the signs of stress in yourself and what steps you should take to address them. 18 – EPILOGUE APPENDIX – QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER WHEN LOOKING FOR LONG-TERM CARE

Lee Cardwell is a wife, mother, grandmother, and daughter who spent several years caring for her mother as she slipped into Alzheimer's disease. Then, just after the long struggle with her mother ended, her husband was diagnosed with vascular dementia. Lee's battle began again, this time with different struggles and opportunities. She is well equipped to tell this personal story through her years of investigating and learning about the disease firsthand. Lee, a Toastmaster for over 20 years, has spoken many times at Toastmaster contests and public events about her battle with dementia. She organized her own "WOW Wednesday" event to raise funds to support the Alzheimer Society of Canada, and spoke at the Motivational Mondays event held in Edmonton on the topic of dementia.