"As Alzheimer's disease progresses, the need to nurture, love and be loved increases." American Assoc Geriatric Psychiatrists
Dementia care expert, Rachael Wonderlin, has written a concise, very informative, straight forward book on the challenges of caring for someone with dementia.
I am very impressed with the practical advice Rachael has shared to make the person's life living with dementia more fulfilled and happier and the caregivers life much easier! The important emphasis of her book is to embrace and understand the reality of your loved one with dementia. Also, how you can better relate to their world, without judgement or alienation, recognizing that it is not their fault.
Her real life examples within each section / topic are filled with compassion (some made me tear up a bit) and understanding of the reality of the person living with dementia. I only wish I had this book when I cared for my beloved mother for eleven years!
Rachael's book is part of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine's 36 Hour Day Books and comes highly recommended by Dr. Peter V. Rabins, MD, MPH.
Her book is now available for purchase on Amazon and Barnes & Noble online AND also now in stores.
Rachael holds a Master’s in Gerontology from UNC, Greensboro and a Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of Mary Washington. She been working, interning, and volunteering in long-term care environments since 2005.
It is obvious that Dementia Care is Rachael's passion and expertise!
Rachael is also the author of the popular blog "dementia by day" where she is available for consulting work, tips, advice, or just a chat on the phone.
I personally rely on Rachael as a consultant for Memorable Pets & Believable Babies. Rachael was the original creator of the "Pet Shops" we offer, utilizing our Memorable Pets in "life enrichment stations" in the field of professional memory care within dementia care communities!
Rachael is so smart, creative and resourceful !
As many are aware, memory loss that impedes daily life or activities is the most common symptom associated with the onset of Alzheimer's or some other form of dementia. However, other signs of Alzheimer's often include difficulty with words and speaking, judging distances and determining colors, and poor decision-making.
The article below details the 10 major signs and symptoms associated with Alzheimer's disease, and also lists typical changes in cognitive abilities that are simply a natural result of aging.
Read more: 10 Early Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer's
If you notice any of these signs or symptoms in yourself or a loved one, please do not ignore them. Schedule an appointment with your doctor.