This is the first book to explore, through personal accounts and vignettes, the rare moments of humor that unexpectedly pop up during the caregiving of people suffering from Alzheimer’s and related dementia. Young brings the courageous experiences of care providers and relatives to life as they encounter the challenges of dealing with these seriously afflicted patients. At the same time she reveals the touching and gently humorous moments that go a long way to ease the tension and pain.
While respectful of the plight of affected families and patients, Young gathers a timeless collection of “fear busters” that “access mirth” with touching chapters such as “Please Don’t Eat the Marigold,” and “I’ve Just Found Out I’m in Baltimore.”
“By staring the Alzheimer’s monster down and even laughing a little in the face of it,” Young says, “we bolster our courage and release the chemicals (endorphins) in ourselves to gain a sense of well-being in the face of adversity.” A must for all caregivers and families, this is truly a book that, once started, cannot be put down.