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The 36-Hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring for People Who Have Alzheimer Disease, Related Dementias, and Memory Loss (Johns Hopkins Press Health Books) by Nancy L Mace
The 36-Hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring for People Who Have Alzheimer Disease, Related Dementias, and Memory Loss (Johns Hopkins Press Health Books)

Teresa Vaughan, December 29, 2014

(Note: I read the 1990 version of this book, to glean information in dealing with a loved one who suffers from dementia, so I knew going in that much of the information could potentially be outdated. Given how old it is, it's remarkably current in many/most ways that matter. If the organization website URL'S and phone numbers are outdated, they're easy enough to find on the web.)

Overall, it was a most helpful read and am so grateful to have had a copy land in my hands (sadly, it belongs to the family member who is now suffering through it). The Truth is spelled out in great detail, in turns reassuring and utterly depressing, with plenty of opportunity to identify with the various examples Mace & Rabins give to illustrate their points. I was amazed at how many times I found myself thinking, "That's happened," or "That's EXACTLY how I feel," and I found that comforting.

I have a better understanding now that what I'm seeing in our patient is less "the way she's always been," and more "this is the brain damage at work," and liked that they tended to refer to dementia patients as the "confused person," throughout the book. That helped a lot to drive home the "baffled" feeling that comes along with the memory loss we tend to focus on. It's not just that they can't remember - it also makes no sense much of the time - which must be very frightening, indeed.

There are strategies, techniques and candid explanations that can help improve the quality of life for the patient and their caregiver(s) and, while this particular edition is quite old, they include a lengthy list of recommended reading for both laypersons and professionals. (I wish more doctors would read this!!)

If you're caring for a dementia patient or want to better understand the various dementias for other reasons, this is a good starting point.
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The Emotionally Destructive Relationship: Seeing It, Stopping It, Surviving It by Leslie Vernick
The Emotionally Destructive Relationship: Seeing It, Stopping It, Surviving It

Teresa Vaughan, April 29, 2013

I was actually fearful of reading this one but decided to plunge in anyway and am very glad I did! There's a no-nonsense feeling to Vernick's words that make you feel you're in the room with her, confiding and getting excellent advice.

Rather than a "you don't deserve the abuse and that's that" approach, she turns the focus on us -- using Biblical citations and discussion -- to help understand the how/what/why in our own hearts as well as that of others. There is a strength that comes from realizing you can only control YOU and that, in the end, it's up to you what you allow to continue or not.

This book applies to all relationships -- marital/partner, employer, friend -- and is applied from the inside out!
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Jenniemae & James: A Memoir in Black and White by Brooke Newman
Jenniemae & James: A Memoir in Black and White

Teresa Vaughan, January 2, 2013

Very pleased to have read it. Brooke Newman is the daughter of a brilliant and in some ways seemingly mad mathematician and tells this biographical about the unlikely bond between her father and their maid, Jenniemae.

In the first few pages, I'd noted that Newman's storytelling style fit nicely with my natural preference and knew this would be a pleasurable read. It's also appealing because Newman's father worked with Albert Einstein and other notable scientists/math-men. It even enlightens us as to the origin of the word 'googel' (not sure I spelled that correctly) as well as being such a wonderfully crafted tale.

If you're like me, you'll find yourself running to the computer to look up things mentioned, thinking, "Wow. I wouldn't have guessed THAT!" The unique relationship between Jenniemae & James is believable and relatable, too.
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Math on Call by Great Source Education Group
Math on Call

Teresa Vaughan, September 9, 2012

Have a high-schooler struggling with math? Have an advanced grade-schooler that needs a little extra instruction? Just want to give a special student an extra resource to have on hand so they can progress further if they'd like to? Or, like we were, need to refresh yourself in order to help your children with their homework? Maybe YOU'VE gone back to school and want to brush up...

Math On Call covers most everything a student would need, from basic multiplication and subtraction to geometry, ratios, statistics and more. This is the single most helpful mathematics tool we found while raising our kids and I highly recommend it for anyone who wants to support a student in their mathematical efforts. We've wondered over the years why more teachers don't have Math On Call in the classroom and I just bought one to donate to the grade school down the street, though maybe I should get another to tuck away for future grandkids!
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Clara's Kitchen: Wisdom, Memories, and Recipes from the Great Depression by Clara Cannucciari
Clara's Kitchen: Wisdom, Memories, and Recipes from the Great Depression

Teresa Vaughan, November 25, 2009

Interjected with Clara's memories of growing up during the Great Depression and sage advice for weathering hard economic times, "Clara's Kitchen" warms the heart as well as fills the stomach. Whether you want recipes such as "Poorman's Meal" (which my husband specifically requested, reminiscent of the starchy meals his mother made) or just enjoy reading about the life lessons gleaned from surviving a very hard time in America's history, Sicilian grandmother and YouTube sensation Cannucciari won't disappoint.
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