SELF IMPROVEMENT Learn how to see the joy and love as we assist people living with dementia and Alzheimer's disease Dementia and Alzheimer's disease is a devastating diagnosis. How can we, as caregivers, walk through this journey, assisting our loved ones to live life fully? There is a rainbow in the storm, and we, the caregivers, are often the ones that need to be able to look upward. The person with dementia is still the same person that you know; yet he or she is different and unable at times to comprehend what is happening. How can we prepare and embrace these individuals as they travel this road? The frequency of this disease is increasing and now is the time to view it as we do other diseases. People can live fulfilling lives with this disability. We, the caregivers, are the solution as we learn to embrace and enjoy the journey. There is no easy route, and there will be setbacks and crises. I offer this book as simply another tool to assist you along the way. * Discover how you can make a difference through acceptance and gratitude. * Understand the changes that are taking place. * Learn how to take care of yourself. * Find the gifts along the journey.
TABLE OF CONTENTS Preface Chapter 1: Chapter 1: The Gift Chapter 2: What We Fear? Chapter 3: We Are The Solution Chapter 4: Unconditional Love: The Ultimate Love Story Chapter 5: The Magnificent Mind Chapter 6: Learning To Live In The Moment Chapter 7: Letting Go Of Dreams and Expectations While Honoring Your Grief Chapter 8: The Great Need For Knowledge And Support Chapter 9: Climbing the Mountain to Eternity Chapter 10: Where Do We Go From Here? CHAPTER ONE Chapter 1: The Gift "You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the things which you think you cannot do." - Eleanor Roosevelt * Walter begins to repeat himself. He begins to have difficulty getting up from his chair. For years he has had a sort of shuffle to his walk. He blames this on his "bum knee". Soon his wife notices that he is often short and angry with her. Lately he has been accusing her of an extramarital affair. After months of gradual changes in his personality and moods, and increasing difficulty with his mobility, his daughter, a nurse, encourages him to see a neurologist.
Wendy Wells-Chanampa is a Registered Professional Guardian with expertise in senior care, a Certified Dementia Care Practitioner and Certified Dementia Care Trainer through the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners and International Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners. She is also a Certified PAC (Positive Approach to Care) Dementia Care Trainer through Teepa Snow, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA. Wendy is extremely passionate about dementia care, focused on enhancing the quality of life for those affected. She flows with compassion and integrity. With more than 30 years experience working with elders, she has extensive experience in dementia awareness. Wendy studied health care administration at Penn State University and is a certified senior center manager. In 2008, she became a registered guardian and started Senior Resource Consultants, Inc. Her practice includes care management, family counseling and caregiver training, along with education about effectively interacting with people who have dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Her love of this population is evident in her training sessions and interactions. Having spent a lifetime acquiring experience in the dementia care field, Wendy has developed her natural ability for relating to this population successfully. Her unique hands-on approach, real life stories and experiential learning are evident in her compelling story telling. She is a frequent keynote speaker at events and conferences focused on caring for Alzheimer and dementia patients. She is also the host of seminars for teaching effective coping mechanisms and care strategies to other caregivers and care organizations.