Every caregiver will breathe a sigh of relief after reading this. It’s extremely practical. The case studies put the reader right “in the room” with the person needing care, seeing the person and situation through the eyes of both the family members and professional caregivers. The book encourages communication and respect between persons with dementia and their caregivers and demonstrates simple ways to foster it.
“The highlight of the book for me is the author’s case–study approach to problem solving. Throughout the book, Gwendolyn tells stories and then comments on ‘What Works’ and ‘What Doesn’t Work.’ One can read a story and then learn that it does not work to argue or use logic with persons with dementia. Instead, what works is employing humor, going with the flow or keeping the person busy.“
David Troxel, M.P.H. co–author: Best Friends Approach to Alzheimer’s Care
This book provides a resource for all family members and professional caregivers of persons with dementia. The Living Dementia Approach provides ideas and backup for those who now participate in a mission to care for persons with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.