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Research-based advice for people who care for someone with dementia  

Nearly half of US citizens over the age of 85 are suffering from some kind of dementia and require care. Loving Someone Who Has Dementia is a new kind of caregiving book. It's not about the usual techniques, but about how to manage on-going stress and grief. The book is for caregivers, family members, friends, and neighbors, as well as educators and professionals - anyone touched by the epidemic of dementia. Dr. Boss helps caregivers find hope in "ambiguous loss" - having a loved one both here and not here, physically present but psychologically absent.

  •  Outlines seven guidelines to stay resilient while caring for someone who has dementia  
  • Discusses the meaning of relationships with individuals who are cognitively impaired and no longer as they used to be 
  • Offers approaches to understand and cope with the emotional strain of care-giving  

Boss' book builds on research and clinical experience, yet the material is presented as a conversation. She shows you a way to embrace, rather than resist the ambiguity in your relationship with someone who has dementia.

©2011 Pauline Boss (P)2019 Tantor

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Thoughtful, real time help

This book opened a new way for me to think about dementia, my loved one with dementia, & me as I love someone with dementia. It is also a good book on how to assist caregivers. This book offers words to put to my experience & encouragement to continue loving the person with dementia well.

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Just what I needed

This book touches on so many unspoken feelings and experiences one goes through when dealing with a lives one and their dementia. I’m so grateful for the perspectives offered throughout the book which has helped me with my grief and feelings. A must read for anyone in the dementia care world.

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Excellent! Gives Powerful and Empathetic Guidance.

While dementia disagnosis is increasing, community members are not prepared to appropriately respind either as a caregiver or the relative, friend, or service provider of one. This book empowers by defining the issue of ambiguous loss, identifying how it relates to dementia, and provides practical guidance in how to seek or provide support. Whether professionally or personally, it is an investment to read this book.

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It's ok. It's more of a "love yourself" book

It's a lot more self-help than information about dementia and "loving someone with Dementia". It's quite a bit of "love yourself"... etc. I was hoping for more information about interactions with loved ones with dementia. She makes the point about "ambiguous loss" over and over. This is the main topic of the book. It's a good insight, but repeating it in many chapters is tedious.

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extremely helpful

i love it. it touch my heart and made me understand my mom better and my emotions. thank you.