The Day Your Loved One is Diagnosed, What Do You Do?
This Ice Cream is Delicious by Henry Watts covers the different stages of Alzheimer’s with a heavy emphasis on the early ones; the stages where the choices you make really can make a difference in the quality of life for both you and the person you are caring for. Considering all of the circumstances an Alzheimer’s diagnosis can bring, this is an aid to help you:
• Develop strategies for keeping your loved one active and engaged.
• Place you on the right path and help you prepare for the future.
• Since Alzheimer’s is a ‘family disease’ this book gives suggestions on how to focus on care-giving and staying united.
My Mother battled Alzheimer’s for 8 years. With that experience I started a company in 2008 called “Let’s Go.” I am a professional companion/caregiver exclusively to patients who have Alzheimer’s. I have worked with over twenty families in Atlanta and developed a few strategies that can help to get loved ones out of the house again and back in the action.
“And so I wrote a book...”
For those 8 years after my Mother was diagnosed I had a difficult time focusing on the disease. The challenge was so foreign to me. One minute I would understand what we were up against and then the next, I wouldn’t know what to do or how to help her. The progression of this disease can be subtle but at the same time it can be overwhelming. After working with so many families I know that most people feel this way...
Everyone feels lost.
The most difficult thing for every new caregiver to understand – I know it was for me – is that: Alzheimer’s is an irreversible brain disease. It’s not like cancer, where you go to a doctor and then follow a linear path to get better. Because there is no cure and the disease is so complex it has a way of creating an indescribable confusion for the caregiver, the family and friends. What do you do?
Writing this book has allowed me to focus on the root of the problems that Alzheimer’s can cause a family and now I know; there is a path... and you need a good map. This Ice Cream is Delicious is a map; one I wish had been there for me.
A clear vision of the road ahead will allow you to cut through some of the “static.” Understanding the possibilities and realizing the limitations that might come with each stage will allow you to focus on care-giving. This book will allow you collect your own thoughts, help you develop your own strategies for coping and you might, just might, be able to avoid some of the anxiety and exhaustion that causes so much of the sadness this disease can bring.