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Across America and around the world, The Five Love Languages have revitalized relationships and saved marriages from the brink of disaster. Can they also help individuals, couples, and families cope with the devastating diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease (AD)?
In Keeping Love Alive As Memories Fade, coauthors Chapman, Shaw, and Barr give a resounding yes. Their innovative application of the five love languages creates an entirely new way to touch the lives of the five million Americans who have Alzheimer’s, as well as their fifteen million caregivers. At its heart, this book is about how love gently lifts a corner of dementia’s dark curtain to cultivate an emotional connection amid memory loss.
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Northfield Publishing
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.5 X .46 (inches)|
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EDWARD G. SHAW, MD, MA, is dually trained as a physician and a mental health counselor. He is the primary care partner for his wife, Rebecca, who was diagnosed with eary-onset Alzheimer's disease at age 54. He was a practicing radiation oncologist for 23 years. In 2010, inspired by Rebecca's journey, his medical interest shifted to dementia diagnosis and treatment, and with his additional training in mental health counseling, he founded the Memory Counseling Program that is now part of Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. His moving personal story of caring for his wife, coupled with his innovative use of the five love languages in dementia counseling, inspired the central message of Keeping Love Alive as Memories Fade.
DEBBIE BARR is a versatile writer, speaker, and health educator. A master certified health education specialist (MCHES), she also has a bachelor's degree in journalism and a master's degree in health education and promotion. An experienced wellness writer and speaker, Deborah volunteers as a community educator for the Western Carolina chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. Like Drs. Chapman and Shaw, she lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Keeping Love Alive as Memories Fade is her fourth book.
This collaborative, groundbreaking work between a healthcare professional, caregiver, and relationship expert will: Provide an overview of the love languages and Alzheimer’s disease, correlate the love languages with the developments of the stages of AD, discuss how both the caregiver and care receiver can apply the love languages, address the challenges and stresses of the caregiver journey, offer personal stories and case studies about maintaining emotional intimacy amidst AD. Keeping Love Alive as Memories Fade is heartfelt and easy to apply, providing gentle, focused help for those feeling overwhelmed by the relational toll of Alzheimer’s. Its principles have already helped hundreds of families, and it can help yours, too.
"This is the "5 Love Languages" applied to folks with Alzheimer's. This is particularly interesting to me as my ex-mother-in-law was diagnosed with Alzheimer's and survived for 12-13 years afterwards. It was sad as we watched her condition deteriorate as the days went on. Also, there seems to be more prevalence of this condition nowadays since people are living longer. It's amazing how much love is extended by family members through the years even through the non-response of the person afflicted with Alzheimer's. As one of the authors states - even though a person is incapable of giving love, he believes that they are still capable of receiving love. He notes that many of those caregivers have a strong faith in God and that enables them to extend God's love to their family members with Alzheimer's. It also helps to have a church family to support them emotionally and spiritually. One of the other authors speaks of his personal journey with his wife experiencing Alzheimer's. It's truly heart-breaking that the love of your life can, one day, look at you and say, "I have no idea who you are". Then he details the progression of his wife's Alzheimer's - getting lost, driving to the store and dinging the car, eventually losing the ability to drive at all, needing around-the-clock care. Love that is not driven by infatuation or obsession, but by choice, is "real love""
Reviewed by Herbert on NetGalley, Nov 23, 2016
Brianna5 Stars Out Of 5Keeping Love Alive as Memories FadeFebruary 19, 2017BriannaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Keeping Love Alive as Memories Fade piqued my interest as soon as I read the title. The trio of authors Deborah Barr, Edward Shaw, and Gary Chapman bring a spectrum of expertise that provides crucial insight to the book.
Dementia, Alzheimers, and cognitive impairment are rapidly increasing in the middle aged and elderly. Most people find it easier to avoid the topic, as it yields difficult questions without easy answers, or with no answers at all. My interest in this topic is certainly influenced by my professional focus in gerontology. However, I also have family members who live or lived with dementia.
It is through these perspectives that I found Keeping Love Alive as Memories Fade to be particularly insightful and thought-provoking. Barr, Shaw and Chapman explain an underlying principle of hesed love, and emphasize that it is an imperative component of dementia care. With no cures or permanent treatments for dementia, hesed love is the only hopeful solution.
Barr, Shaw, and Chapman also integrate numerous stories as examples of how to practice the love languages in the context of dementia care. Certainly not every suggestion or example will work in all circumstances, as each person with dementia has a unique story and situation. However, the examples do provide a foundation for brainstorming, experimenting, and practicing ideas that might work.
Though they include a brief explanation of dementia and cognitive impairment, the authors do not purport to give thorough dementia education. Therefore, Keeping Love Alive as Memories Fade should be used in conjunction with other educational resources. However, the suggestion to incorporate the five love languages into dementia care is what makes this book unique from other books on the subject.
I highly recommend Keeping Love Alive as Memories Fade to all persons affected by dementia, including patients, families, friends, care partners, healthcare professionals, counselors, and churches.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in order to write an honest, unbiased review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.