Monday, November 12, 2012

Book Review: When Your Parent Becomes Your Child by Ken Abraham

Having worked as both a nursing assistant and then a registered nurse in a memory support unit of a long term care facility – I was interested to hear the perspective of a dementia patient’s son.  And I was not disappointed by this deeply personal and touching account of the life of a wonderful mom, wife, and friend.  Her son beautifully points out her faith and enthusiasm for life while tracking the ups and downs of watching his mom battle dementia.
Unfortunately, the one word I could use to describe this family and countless others in this situation is – DENIAL (which the author admits).  Abraham and his family had many ways to explain away his mom’s increasingly bizarre behavior, which sometimes caused them to misjudge her ability to safely care for herself.  As she continued to decline, it took a very honest doctor and some “incidents” for Abraham to gain an accurate picture of his mom’s disease.

I would recommend this book to anyone who may find themselves caring for a loved one with dementia.  You will not find any magic solution, but you will find the comfort of knowing others are going through the same thing.  The road is difficult, but there is support out there for you among the many others who find themselves still raising their own family plus caring for aging parents paralyzed by dementia.
5 out of 5 stars.
I received a free copy of this book from Thomas Nelson in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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