Surviving Alzheimer’s With Friends, Facebook, and a Really Big Glass of Wine, is another book that I would highly suggest caregivers and/or spouses of loved ones with dementia, get a hold of to read through. (See the first suggested book here.) For anyone who is wondering what’s ahead for them as the caregiver of someone with dementia this book gives you a look at that world.
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It won’t take you long to read. You might not be able to find it at your local library but you can get it through Amazon using the link below.
I liked this book. That seems weird to say about a book dealing with Alzheimer’s.
It’s not that I liked the topic – I liked it because of the similarity with the author in that my dad was the first one of my parents to pass first then my mom started to decline after that happened.
Another reason is that the book is a series of Facebook posts that the author wrote as her mother traveled along the dementia road. Some people write in journals or diaries. Others go to support group meetings. Some keep it all bottled up inside. Dayna used Facebook as her journal. It’s an honest account of what Dayna saw happen to her mother.
This book provides you support in the dementia journey with your loved one. You realize that all of us go through the same type of journey with our dementia person and that offers some comfort. Even though my mom’s journey wasn’t exactly the same as the author’s mother’s journey, there were some similarities in what my mom experienced.
There is humor. In no way is it used to poke fun at anything. You need to have humor with such an insidiously sad disease as dementia. You need to see the humor in things as you watch your loved one fade away, their memories disappear and they don’t recognize you anymore.
For anyone who is curious about the timeline of the disease this book gives you a good idea. Remember, however, it’s different for every dementia patient. The author points out that at the time of the “official diagnosis” the doctor indicated that her mother was already well into the Alzheimer’s stages, Therefore her mother probably had symptoms long before then but developed ways to compensate so that close family members didn’t really notice a difficulty.
Another reason I liked this book – the author included other people’s reactions/comments to her posts. Others that had been through the same types of incidents.
There are resources at the end of the book which will give you additional information.