29.11.10 / Help! What Do I Do Now? Caring for a Loved One with Alzheimer's / Author: nancy / Comments: (0)
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This booklet began life as a school project. I had returned to college after a break of many years. During that break, I was one of the caregivers for my father, who had Alzheimer’s disease (AD). He was diagnosed about twenty years ago, when the disease wasn’t as well-known as it is now. Our family had never heard of Alzheimer’s and had no idea what to expect or what to do. We learned a great deal as we cared for Dad for the last seven years of his life. Some of our education came from reading and from talking to doctors. Most of it, however, came from trial and error.
Caring for my father impacted me so profoundly that I decided to make a career of working with the elderly. I have worked in several capacities and went on to earn a degree in social work. My personal experience of caring for a loved one with this disease has been the most useful source of information for caregivers.
When I was assigned a project in college to create an informational pamphlet, Alzheimer’s disease was the obvious topic for me. I wanted to help other families who were caring for loved ones with the disease. The project earned me an A and many compliments. My sister has encouraged me to make the information available to a wider audience, so now I have expanded the booklet to include more details as well as examples of how others have successfully handled specific situations.
Though the guide started as a class assignment, it has always been a labor of love. It is my hope that in these pages you find practical advice, encouragement, and hope.
You can order individual copies from CreateSpace or Amazon.com. If you are interested in a bulk purchase (a minimum of 10 copies) for your Alzheimer’s support group or family and friends, e-mail the publisher. The book is also available in a variety of ebook formats at Smashwords.