Synopses & Reviews
From the earliest indicators and faint forebodings to the eventual grim diagnosis, Deborah Shouse carries readers along on the difficultand at times joyousroad she and her parents walked through the Land of DementiaAlzheimer's disease.
She shares the challenges she faced during the process of caring for both parents as her mother slowly vanished, to be replaced by a difficult but surprisingly no less valued and beloved stranger. Strong, fluid organization and tender writing distinguish this purposeful and compelling read on a heartbreaking subject filled with unexpected insights.
In addition to its spiritual message, Love in the Land of Dementia includes practical suggestions and support for caregivers and other family members.
Deborah Shouse's writing has appeared in the Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, Reader's Digest, Newsweek, Woman's Day, Hemispheres, Family Circle, Spirituality and Health, Chicago Tribune, and Ms. She writes a weekly column on love stories for the Kansas City Star, and has co-authored Working Woman's Communications Survival Guide, which is in its fifth printing, and Antiquing for Dummies. She has written several memoirs and business books and has been featured in more than a dozen Chicken Soup books.
"While in recent years there have been more skilled professionals and care facilities for dementia patients, close to 15 million Americans are family caregivers. In a combined memoir and caregiver's guide, Shouse, a journalist and contributor to numerous Chicken Soup volumes, shares the story of her mother Fran's last seven years, from diagnosis and a move to assisted living to a stay in the geriatric psych ward, and on to nursing home placement and eventually hospice care. The author's short, first-person narratives, complete with dialogue, will undoubtedly resonate with the huge population of adults charged with caring for a loved one with dementia. Shouse ably expresses a daughter's pain and sense of hopelessness, while exploring the intertwined dynamics of love, guilt, and grief. Though she is indeed fortunate to have found and been able to afford an excellent Alzheimer's unit of a nursing home, her experience is universal, and compassionately rendered here. Readers come to know Fran, thanks to her daughter's unconditional love, respect, and candor. Though the appendix features concise advice for advocacy, a minimal resource listing, and a cursory caregiver's guide, in terms of guidance, these sections barely touch upon what is readily available in books like the classic The Thirty-Six Hour Day or Lauren Kessler's Finding Life in the Land of Alzheimer's." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Caregiver Shouse celebrates spiritual and practical lessons learned on her unscripted yet rewarding journey with her mother through Alzheimer's disease.
About the Author
Deborah Shouse's writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, Reader's Digest, Newsweek, Woman's Day, Hemispheres, Family Circle, Spirituality & Health, Chicago Tribune, and MS. She writes a weekly column on love stories for the Kansas City Star, and coauthored Working Woman's Communications Survival Guide, which is now in its fifth printing, and Antiquing for Dummies. She has written several memoirs and business books and has been featured in more than a dozen Chicken Soup books.