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Dementia: The Journey of Caring for our Father at Home
By Paul McCormick and Jean Thayer
(Paperback, 223 pages, $19.95)
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The purpose of this book is to tell the story of our experiences in caring for our father who suffers from dementia. This book is not written by professional caregivers or medical professionals. It is, rather, written by us, a brother (Paul) and sister (Jean) who are faced with the challenges of providing daily care for our father in our home. We do not offer medical advice nor clinically proven solutions. Instead, what we offer are insights and practical solutions to problems and struggles that any person caring for a loved one with dementia will likely face. All of it comes out of real life experiences we have had with our own father, and nothing else. Each chapter in this book, written in story form, focuses on a specific aspect in our Dad's life. In this book, we have included photographs of our father. Most of these pictures were taken at the very moment of an "event." Three mp3 downloads of original music, including: "I'm Still Here," "Cynthia's Song," and "My Angel," are included with the purchase of this book.
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the tragic story of one man's struggle of living with dementia.
The Dementia Music Project
"Bind Us Together"
from the Dementia Music Project
Dementia and Music Therapy
A music CD featuring piano with flute, guitar, and vocals.
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What People Are Saying
~Thomas F. Jenkins, MD (Denver, CO)~
"This book is a true story about a gentleman I have known for thirty years. His family's understanding and support through his progression of dementia is both a thoughtful, as well as practical approach through a difficult time in their lives."
~Rev. Tom Pedigo, State Director, Colorado Federation for Decency (Colorado Springs, CO)~
"I was very moved by this book. There was a balanced mix of the emotional and the personal - the experiential and the practical - the problems and the solutions. I heartily recommend this unique and insightful book."
~Jennifer Brown, BHD, SS, C.N.A., Alzheimer's Coordinator, Long Term Care (Denver, CO)~
"I found this book caught my attention as the passion of the family was revealed. I have been working with elders with dementia for 14 years in the facility setting and I found new information in this book that may be helpful to families caring for elders with dementia at home."
~Dr. Clint Steele, DC, CSCS (Lewiston, Maine)~
"Individuals who are going through the process of dementia care giving will find this book extremely helpful in many ways. Not only do the authors describe problems and their solutions, but in so doing, let others know they are not alone. I wholeheartedly recommend this book."
~Lynn Heinekamp, Resident Services Coordinator and Wellness Coordinator, Metro Manor Senior Housing (Denver, CO)
"This brother and sister story is about a family's struggle with a most debilitating disease for a most loved father. However, it is also a story of hope and great love. It is about changing priorities and making a most positive choice that involves the life and being able to go with the flow, so to speak, in a most honest and forthright manner. Their journey may, at some point, be our journey."
Rev. Ken Hensley, Spiritual Formation Pastor,
Mountainview Community Christian Church, Highlands Ranch, CO
"As a pastor for nearly twenty years, I have had many opportunities to walk with people who are caring for a loved one with dementia. It is not easy to watch a mother or father go through the stages of losing their memory and other functions. The changes often conflict with our fondest memories, making the process even more painful.
It is also difficult to understand or appreciate the situation unless you have been through it yourself. Not having walked in their shoes, we may find ourselves wanting to help but not knowing how.
Paul McCormick and Jean Thayer have written a very practical book that will help caregivers make sense of what is going on around them. They have written an easy to read book that includes advice born of experience. In nearly every chapter, there is an insight or idea that can be implemented in your own situation.
It will also help others who do not have a loved one with dementia but who want to love and support those who do. By understanding the stresses and strains involved, it will open your eyes to how you can offer support and encouragement.
If you are providing care to someone with dementia, this book will become a soul mate, a source of hope. If you have friends or family members who are caregivers, this will give you a glimpse into their world and allow you to be a blessing to them."
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