A short brochure dedicated to the team researching Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia at Montefiore, Fran Lewis’s Because we Care gives tips for caring for the sick and caring for carers too. Built on the author’s own experience caring for her mother and searching for resources to help, the book is filled with helpful lists answering simple questions in a quick inviting manner. I particularly enjoyed the practical suggestions in lists such as Kindness Tips for Volunteers—gentle reminders to smile, say good morning, make sure the patient eats and never treat the patient as a child. 10 signs of Alzheimers helps clarify the difference between Alzheimer’s and the normal forgetfulness of aging. And Final Care explains how the disease progresses with time. A second section discusses related issues with traumatic brain injury and a final series of short essays adds true stories to the mix. A brief helpful book for anyone facing these issues, this brochure shows you are not alone and gives you the feel of having someone to talk to.
Disclosure: I won a free copy of this book from the author.