At first, Ken Abraham wrote off his mother's changes in behavior as quirks that just come with old age. There was memory loss, physical decline, hygiene issues, paranoia, and uncharacteristic attitudes. He soon realized that dementia had changed her life--and his familiy's--forever.Read more...
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At first, Ken Abraham wrote off his mother's changes in behavior as quirks that just come with old age. There was memory loss, physical decline, hygiene issues, paranoia, and uncharacteristic attitudes. He soon realized that dementia had changed her life--and his familiy's--forever.
"How is it possible to lose a loved one while he or she is still living, still sitting right in front of you, talking with you, smiling at you--and yet the person you have known and loved for years is somehow gone?"
According to the Alzheimer's Association, an estimated 5.4 million Americans of all ages have Alzheimer's disease. That's one in eight older Americans. More than likely, that figure includes someone you know and love.
As he chronicles his own mother's degenerative condition, New York Times best-selling writer Ken Abraham educates while offering inspiration to help readers cope with and manage their family circumstances. With humor and spiritual reminders of God's command to honor our parents, Abraham encourages readers through often-difficult responsibilities. And though in most cases patients will not recover this side of heaven, he suggests many practical things that families can do to make the experience safer, kinder, and more endurable for everyone involved.
When Your parent Becomes Your Child tells the story of one family's journey through dementia while offering hope to family members and friends, that they might better understand the effects of the disease. Dont let this catch you by surprise--be informed before you face the challenges and difficulties of a loved one with Alzheimer's or dementia. This book can help.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2012-09-03
- Reviewer: Staff
Dementia is a painfully difficult condition to behold in a loved one and to live with, and families living with it continue to grow in number. Abraham, known for his collaborations with celebrity authors (One Soldier’s Story with Bob Dole), tells his own family’s story this time. Abraham’s mother, Minnie, begins showing signs of dementia in her mid-80s, and family members slowly come to understand that something more than aging is affecting their matriarch. Abraham, a good storyteller, makes incidents of his family’s journey come alive, and the book is immensely readable. Some readers might wish for a more clinical discussion of dementia that would include information about research. But Abraham has chosen to engage readers with a vivid account that many can relate to. He offers an honest message of sympathy, solidarity, and faith that can be used in trying circumstances. (Oct. 3)