Did I Die? Managing the Mayhem of Alzheimers: A Caregivers Guide to Peace and Quality of Life Gail Matthews

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Did I Die? Managing the Mayhem of Alzheimers: A Caregivers Guide to Peace and Quality of Life by Gail Matthews
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“Every sixty-nine seconds, someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. It is a curse and epidemic, but we must live with it… And the emphasis is on LIVE.”-- Gail MatthewsAlzheimer’s is a progressive disease, with no known cure. You know you don’t needMore“Every sixty-nine seconds, someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. It is a curse and epidemic, but we must live with it… And the emphasis is on LIVE.”-- Gail MatthewsAlzheimer’s is a progressive disease, with no known cure.

You know you don’t need me to tell you that it is a horrible disease that becomes increasingly debilitating with time. To put it bluntly, the disease stinks. However, it is a part of our lives now, and I am determined to keep my life and that of my husband’s one of quality… Even if our definition of quality changes over time.

We don’t dwell on what we cannot do anymore- we concentrate on what we can do, and continue to explore new options as time goes on.My beautiful father-in-law was the first member of our family to be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. His autopsy revealed that he did not have the gene, APOE4 but rather his Alzheimer’s was triggered by arterial sclerosis, which was caused from a diet rich in meat and ice cream, but devoid of veggies and salads.My husband was next.

When he had knee replacement surgery in May of 2006, his heart stopped and he was oxygen-deprived. Five doctors who have since reviewed his records feel that his Alzheimer’s could have been triggered by the lack of oxygen to his brain. He has been tested, and like his father, did not have the gene APOE4. As of this books’ writing, his diagnosis was of Moderate Severe Alzheimer’s.Our son, a former publishing executive and author of many books, has been encouraging me to write a “Quality of Life” book for the caregiver.

I have read most of the books on the market, and although some are helpful in regards to understanding the symptoms and progression of the disease, I have not found any that share hope… And hope is what sustains us.This book is intended to be a vehicle for you -- the caregiver -- to explore and try different ways to make life for you and your loved one more rewarding.

I do not want to make it sound as if caregiving of an Alzheimer’s patient is easy. It is not. In fact, it is the most difficult thing I have ever encountered in my life. I say this as a two-time survivor of lung cancer… And I never smoked. Alzheimer’s is a challenge, but hopefully this book will help you to organize your thoughts and together we can strive to live a quality of life geared to each person’s expectations and realities.For more information with videos and blogs to help you, please visit Gail’s website at www.alzcaregiver.netPray for the Cure.Gail Matthews



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