Journalist and author Mary K. Doyle has written a poignant but practical handbook for Alzheimer's caregivers that will enlighten anyone touched by this debilitating disease. She offers straightforward guidelines for caregivers and their families, important lessons she learned in the eleven years she has been caring for her beloved husband, Marshall. She writes frankly about: recognizing the warning signs of Alzheimer's; understanding the disease's typical progression; managing conflict with family and friends; the importance of caring for yourself; the emotional, physical, and financial costs of caregiving; and how, when, and where to find help-- including sound advice on making the critical choice among assisted-living facilities when that time comes.
Dr. Jung uses his own story and the stories of people he has assisted to dramatically illustrate how the miraculous power of hope—in times of despair as much as in times of triumph and joy—can transform and enrich our lives. Mental health professionals and educators, clergy and seminarians, marriage and family counselors, spiritually-based therapists, social workers, students of psychology, and practicing and aspiring spiritual advisors and directors will benefit from reading this book. So will victims of a troubled childhood, sufferers from depression, those lacking self-confidence, seekers of all faiths, and survivors of all manner of abuse—as well as the family members, friends, and other loved ones trying to understand and help them.