Behavioral expert reveals the true colors of Alzheimer’s and dementia-related illness to bring it to light for families and the rest of the                         eldercare industry.

Writing with depth and confidence, Skinner puts forth a rich resource that brings together her specialization in the field, decades of experiences, and genuine empathy for sufferers of brain disease and their loved ones. Consistent with her leadership in public speaking and mentorship, she exhibits passionate dedication and authenticity. She utilizes storytelling as a literary technique and renders an intimate perspective into dementia to drive interest and engagement.

The eleven short stories each feature a different story and wisdom to assimilate. Each one has its problem and solution to highlight: a reality-based case thoroughly discussed and becomes a highly illustrative example conducive to in-depth understanding and learning. The holistic approach covers varied circumstances, symptoms, common behaviors, therapies. Showing the bigger picture facilitates profound discernment that in the end, no one is to blame but each one plays a critical role in the management of the disease.

Skinner’s emphasis on the familial perspective is central to the book with the crucial intent to better things for the sufferers and equip the families and caregivers. The circumstances presented compose relatable experiences on changes to expect, major emotions to deal with, and how to manage them effectively. Skinner’s strategy is not to bombard and cause more confusion but honest, accepting, sensitive, and respectful – implying an empathetic approach to families dealing with the challenges surrounding common dementia behaviors.

Wittingly penned, the title implies the direction of the book as a pragmatic guide on what to do next and how to do it right. The “Further Thoughts” section encourages open-mindedness and acceptance. It prompts family members to dispel prejudices and look for extenuating circumstances while discouraging making wrong assumptions. It sheds light on Alzheimer’s, the kind of care they need, and how they uniquely communicate a need. The message is spelled with clarity in that treatment has to be individualized and requires getting to know the total person – his or her uniqueness, past life, and cries for help. The options focus on what can be done to help, when to refer to a professional, and which care facility to opt for. The value of objective assessments, trained professionals, and memory care facilities are highlighted together with the most effective and creative solutions to evade trial and error.

It is a treasure trove for behavior management therapies, new approaches, state of the art care facilities, evidence-based strategies, and programs. The glossary of common dementia behaviors and addendum on the stages of progression are likewise valuable. While the message is hope, it is rooted in knowledge, a well-balanced cognitive with an effective approach, and pragmatic applications.

Not all who wander need be lost because the path has been dauntlessly paved.

The book is available via Amazon. Buy your own copy now!

Pub Date: November 6, 2015
Page Count: 80
Publisher: Lisa Skinner
Review Posted Online: February 2, 2021
Writera Magazine Reviews Issue: February 2, 2021
Categories: Parenting & Relationships


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