Author: Carol B. Amos
Genre: Christian Living/Self-Help
Every 65 seconds, someone in America develops Alzheimer’s disease.
What would you do if your loved one received the devastating diagnosis?
Fifteen million unpaid caregivers are thrust into the caregiving role by necessity, with very little understanding of how Alzheimer’s disease has, and will, slowly deteriorate their loved one. H.O.P.E. for the Alzheimer’s Journey Helps, Organizes, Prepares, and Educates caregivers for the difficult road ahead, providing knowledge, tools, and advice that Carol B. Amos and her brothers learned or developed during their eleven-year journey providing care for their mother.
The Caregiving Principle™, Carol’s novel approach to caregiving, is the central theme and is a simple method that provides a deeper understanding of a person with Alzheimer’s disease and a framework for the caregiver’s role.
With words of inspiration, personal reflections, anecdotes, and original family email communication throughout, H.O.P.E. for the Alzheimer’s Journey conveys concepts in an open, honest, and creative manner. Carol and her siblings share their thoughts, concerns, emotions, and deliberations and encourage caregivers to take care of themselves, while providing inspiration for the remainder of their journey.
Reviewer: Hanna Anderson
H.O.P.E for the Alzheimer's Journey by Carol B.Amos is a great resource to have for those with loved ones facing Alzheimer's. The acronym stand for: Help, Organization, Preparation, and Education. Ms. Amos openly shares her family's experience caring for their mother with Alzheimer's while lending H.O.P.E to others. She gives practical advice on in home care, nursing facility options, as well as an in-depth view at the disease itself and its effect on a family.
Included in this book are email correspondence between Ms. Amos and her siblings describing their observations on the state of their mother, care options, and personal feelings about what they are going through. The family shares their ups, downs, and occasional humorous moments as they band together for their mother's needs. This inside look can be quite valuable to other families experiencing the same thing offering a positive example and encouraging perspective.
Even though Alzheimer's can be a devastating disease, H.O.P.E for the Alzheimer's Journey describes a family who's faith in Jesus Christ has helped them to overcome the heartache with grace and a focus on the good things counting their blessings along the way. I recommend this book not only to those with loved ones facing Alzheimer's but also anyone working in elderly care positions. This book is insightful, educational, but most of all inspirational.