Praise for Navigating Alzheimer's
An invaluable and practical extended commentary on caring for those afflicted with this debilitating and ultimately terminal condition, "Navigating Alzheimer's: 12 Truths about Caring for Your Loved One" is impressively well written, organized and presented, making it ideal for non-specialist general readers. "Navigating Alzheimer's' is very strongly recommended for community, social services, medical, and academic library Alzheimer's instructional reference collections. —Midwest Book Review
Your story about caring for your husband is one of the many reasons we started Leeza’s Care Connection. Caregivers and families must know that they are never alone on their journey…. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for helping us offer hope, help and healing to so many who desperately need it. —Leeza Gibbons, Leeza’s Care Connection
Families whose members include those living with Alzheimer’s may feel as if they are traveling at sea in a leaking, if not sinking, ship. If this be true, Navigating Alzheimer’s is an excellent guide—a rudder to steer them to safe landing. The author’s inclusion of a chapter uniquely devoted to the issue of finances and the specter of monetary drain provides concrete, practical advice. Without doubt, the book is a ‘must buy’ for churches, libraries, health care facilities and organizations— as well as all whose friends or families are struggling with the vagaries of this disease.
Simply written with sensitivity and personal anecdotes, it is more than a textbook containing information. It is a coping mechanism, a compassionate means for making connections in the face of impending loss and, ultimately, a memoir of hope.
With an eye toward practicality, Doyle provides information in twelve chapters: ‘words’ offered as commandments of love the most basic of which is the command to live well in the present moment. Embrace it as the time and place where we find our loved one in a new and different way. It is, after all, the only time any one has.
Beginning with the understanding that aging is not Alzheimer’s; nor is Alzheimer’s aging, Doyle begs the reader to learn from what it is. Difficult though it may sometimes be, her advice is to remain peaceful and positive. Simplify life to reduce stress—both on the care receiver and caregiver. The recommendation is sensible when we recognize our inability to perform well under stress, especially when it is ongoing.
She offers suggestions to educe positive results. They are astonishingly logical and amazingly applicable to many life experiences. Strategize for better outcomes. Be flexible. Allow for delays, rescheduling, cancellations. “Just do the next right thing.”
Doyle does a remarkable job of pinpointing areas where life and relationships must be examined, a crucial challenge but one which will help all to ‘swim above deep, churning waters.’ Included in the examination is the recognition and remembrance that we ‘are all human and have limitations.’ Thus, the concomitant need for assistance from a caring community. It has been said it takes a village to raise a child. It also takes a village to care for each other, especially when we are in the throes of a debilitating illness.
With team care, the steps of Alzheimer’s are no less steep, but they are less stressful. Decisions will not be less painful but they will be more peaceful. Doyle ends where she begins: soaking in the strength, love, and support of others.
This is a book of life, about life, for life, shared with life. It is not difficult to read, yet, it is hard to dismiss because it offers the reader a unique opportunity to touch reality. Navigating Alzheimer’s is an invitation to enter a life of loss without ‘sinking into the murky depths of misery’. It is a must-read for all. -- Fran Salone-Pelletier
If someone dear to you has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, it's difficult to know exactly what to expect or how to handle future interactions with them. Just as the title suggests, this book navigates you and encourages you through a process which is inevitably going to be strenuous on your family and your afflicted loved one…. After showing the book to family members who aren't directly involved, it seems to be a great tool to help them relate to what we're all going through. The book is only a couple days' read, but it has been well worth it for me and my family! —Amazon.com Reviewer