Dementia Books: When Your Parent Becomes Your Child

28 Apr, 2013 by

Dementia Books: When Your Parent Becomes Your Child

Dementia Books: When Your Parent Becomes Your Child: A Journey of Faith Through My Mother’s Dementia. 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.

 

 

 

 

 

Dementia Books

When Your Parent Becomes Your Child: A Journey of Faith Through My Mother’s Dementia
Ken Abraham

When your parent becomes your childAt 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.

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About the Author

Ken Abraham is a New York Times best-selling author known around the world for his collaborations with high-profile public figures. A former professional musician and pastor, he is a popular guest with both secular and religious media. His books include One Soldier’s Story with Bob Dole, Payne Stewart with Tracey Stewart, Falling in Love for All the Right Reasons with Dr. Neil Clark Warren, and Let’s Roll! with Lisa Beamer.

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Reader Review

If you are like me and have a parent with dementia, this book is a must read. I can’t say honestly that it was inspiring or brought me hope, but that could be because so much of what I read was eerily similar to real life and it gave me a cold, hard glimpse of the reality I am facing. I laughed and I cried, especially at the end, when it was time for “Minnie” to say her final good bye.

I did gain some wisdom from this book, especially in relating to a dementia patient and best methods of communication. Facing a diagnosis like this is hard, along with all of the other decisions that have to be made. The author shares the story of what he went through with his own mom and prepares those of us following in his foot steps for the difficult days ahead.

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