Loving Someone Who Has Dementia - Book Review
I was asked if I would be interested in hosting a review on the book, "Loving Someone Who Has Dementia." I of course said yes... You may wonder why... Well, lets get personal for a minute.
It ended up taking her longer than expected to read it. My mom is a fast reader, but she says that this is a very tough read. For one, it hits home... For two, it isn't a piece of fiction or something that you can just pick up and read one night...
My mom did point out that it is more of a book for the caregiver of the one dealing with Dementia more than a broader range of those that have a loved one dealing with it.
I tried to read some of it, but it really is hard.
I did like that the book brought up things I never thought about...
A friend and I got to talking about it...
For example: They might not recognize you and talk of just having lunch with their spouse that has passed several years ago. We know that isn't true, as they are no longer with us... but to them, they are enjoying it and it really did happen in their mind. Am I making any sense?
Nearly half of U.S. citizens over the age of 85 are suffering from some kind of dementia and require care. Loving Someone Who Has Dementia is a new kind of caregiving book. It's not about the usual techniques, but about how to manage on-going stress and grief. The book is for caregivers, family members, friends, neighbors as well as educators and professionals—anyone touched by the epidemic of dementia. Dr. Boss helps caregivers find hope in "ambiguous loss"—having a loved one both here and not here, physically present but psychologically absent.
- Outlines seven guidelines to stay resilient while caring for someone who has dementia
- Discusses the meaning of relationships with individuals who are cognitively impaired and no longer as they used to be
- Offers approaches to understand and cope with the emotional strain of care-giving
Boss's book builds on research and clinical experience, yet the material is presented as a conversation. She shows you a way to embrace rather than resist the ambiguity in your relationship with someone who has dementia.FTC Compliant Review Policy: The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer or representing PR agency for the sole purpose of product testing. Opinions expressed are my own and are NOT influenced by monetary compensation.