November 18, 2012

When Your Parent Becomes Your Child Book Review


Book Description

Hope and inspiration for helping parents through the aging process and the decline that comes with dementia and Alzheimer's Disease.
Dementia is one of the world's fastest growing illnesses. Without a major medical breakthrough, the estimated 24 million people living with some form of the disease could easily jump as high as 84 million by the year 2040. It is rapidly becoming everyone's problem.
When Your Parent Becomes Your Child tells the story of one family who reluctantly began to recognize and then deal with the common issues found in caring for their elderly loved one:
  • memory loss
  • physical decline
  • personal hygiene
  • dangers of driving and living alone
  • aberrant behavior
  • uncharacteristic attitudes
As he chronicles his own mom's degenerative condition, New York Times bestselling writer Ken Abraham not only educates but offers 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, helping them shoulder the additional, often difficult responsibilities. And though 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.
Helping our loved ones live out their remaining years in dignity paves the way for a rewarding and enriching experience for our families, and for the people whose lives they have affected for all eternity.
My Thoughts:  Taking care of an elderly loved one can be quite challenging and I really appreciate how Abraham writes with care of his experiences with his mom.  Although my husband and I have yet to deal with the responsibilities of caring for an aging parent, we have several friends who have had to do so and it has proved to be quite the challenge.  Abraham does an excellent job of sharing his experience without his book coming across as a one size its all, this is what will happen textbook. 

I loved the beginning in which Abraham writes how others noticed the change in his mom long before he did.  Once brought to his attention, he began to noice signs of his mother's declining memory.  When Your Parent Becomes Your Child chronicles his family's journey from suspicion to diagnosis to hospice and Abraham pays tribute to his mother with love and honor.  A wonderful read for anyone who is taking care of an elderly parent.



Disclosure: Many thanks to Booksneeze for the opportunity to review When Your Parent Becomes Your Child. I received a complimentary copy of this book for purposes of facilitating this review.
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