At first, Ken Abraham wrote off his mother’s changes in behavior as quirks that just come with old age. There was memory loss, physical decline, hygiene issues, paranoia, and uncharacteristic attitudes. He soon realized that dementia had changed her life - and his family’s - forever. "How is it possible to lose a loved one while he or she is still living, still sitting right in front of you, talking with you, smiling at you - and yet the person you have known and loved for years is somehow gone?" According to the Alzheimer’s Association, an estimated 5.4 million Americans of all ages have Alzheimer’s disease. That’s one in eight older Americans. More than likely, that figure includes someone you know and love.
As he chronicles his own mother’s degenerative condition, New York Times best-selling writer Ken Abraham educates while offering inspiration to help listeners cope with and manage their family circumstances. With humor and spiritual reminders of God’s command to honor our parents, Abraham encourages listeners through often-difficult responsibilities. And though, in most cases, patients will not recover this side of heaven, he suggests many practical things that families can do to make the experience safer, kinder, and more endurable for everyone involved.
When Your Parent Becomes Your Child tells the story of one family’s journey through dementia while offering hope to family members and friends, that they might better understand the effects of the disease. Don’t let this catch you by surprise; be informed before you face the challenges and difficulties of a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia. This audiobook can help.
©2012 Ken Abraham (P)2012 Oasis Audio
Unless you are extremely Christian I would not recommend this book. Even if you are I don't know if I would recommend this book. I am only half way through this book and have almost given up on it several times.
As my mother has Alzheimer's and my father passed away from a brain tumor that had similar effects on his behavior I had hoped to find something I could relate to in this book. The almost constant Christian references make this a nearly impossible task. Does the reader really need to know who wrote a new hymn? I am going to struggle through listening to this book in hopes that it has something useful to add to my exerience but I am not optimistic. I almost threw it out the window when you explained making your mother change her clothes because she was going to wear pants to church. If she was wearing her bra on the outside of her clothes then you might have had a point.
Nice voice. Sometimes lacks emotion. Overall easy to listen to his reading.
I will update this review if I manage on struggle through the rest of it.
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