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 family'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 listeners cope with and manage their family circumstances. With humor and spiritual reminders of God's command to honor our parents, Abraham encourages listeners 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. Don't 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 audiobook can help.
©2012 Ken Abraham (P)2012 Oasis Audio
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I loved the book.. it is a story like, education like, it's full of knowledge out of real time experience. Helps me to understand how to help my boyfriend's father, who I like dearly.
"I'm so grateful for this book!"
This helped me put my own current situation with caring for my own mother with dementia in perspective. I appreciate the information so much. I wish I would have read this 3 years ago. My mother also played the piano and is a Godly woman, so this book almost felt like a story about her.
"Sadly, sadly, so sadly that is a must read"
My mother has senile dementia, just as the author's mother. I bought the book with the hope of finding something useful for dealing with her illness. However, I found the same sad history of his journey through this hell. Luckily, for him, his mother is kind of a very nice dementia patient. My mother is not that sweet, furthermore, she is an atheist, so believing in nothing makes the illness even hopeless. I have wondered myself what we have done to deserve to watch a loved one going through this. At the end, there is no cure, no hope. I found myself crying when doing my commuting and hearing this book. I can't say don't read it. Read it because it may help to know that you are not alone.
Read it and be prepared because this illness is a very expensive one, so not only takes away your happiness but all your assets. Read it, because it can last more than a decade.
However to be honest, my husband sometimes complains if I at the end will be like she is. And honestly I have answered to him, let me, take me to an asylum and forget about me. I have hated this time, I don't want anyone else to suffer the same hell I have suffer. I don't want my son besides me, watching me. I don't know is just me. I hope that in the near future life ending life decision could be legally made. I hope to have that chance.
"Very Christian and not very useful so far"
Unless you are extremely Christian I would not recommend this book. Even if you are I don't know if I would recommend this book. I am only half way through this book and have almost given up on it several times.
As my mother has Alzheimer's and my father passed away from a brain tumor that had similar effects on his behavior I had hoped to find something I could relate to in this book. The almost constant Christian references make this a nearly impossible task. Does the reader really need to know who wrote a new hymn? I am going to struggle through listening to this book in hopes that it has something useful to add to my exerience but I am not optimistic. I almost threw it out the window when you explained making your mother change her clothes because she was going to wear pants to church. If she was wearing her bra on the outside of her clothes then you might have had a point.
Nice voice. Sometimes lacks emotion. Overall easy to listen to his reading.
I will update this review if I manage on struggle through the rest of it.
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