Across America and around the world, the five love languages have revitalized relationships and saved marriages from the brink of disaster. Can they also help individuals, couples, and families cope with the devastating diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease (AD)?
Coauthors Chapman, Shaw, and Barr give a resounding yes. Their innovative application of the five love languages creates an entirely new way to touch the lives of the five million Americans who have Alzheimer's, as well as their fifteen million caregivers. At its heart, this book is about how love gently lifts a corner of dementia's dark curtain to cultivate an emotional connection amid memory loss.
This collaborative, groundbreaking work between a healthcare professional, caregiver, and relationship expert will: Provide an overview of the love languages and Alzheimer's disease, correlate the love languages with the developments of the stages of AD, discuss how both the caregiver and care receiver can apply the love languages, address the challenges and stresses of the caregiver journey, offer personal stories and case studies about maintaining emotional intimacy amidst AD. Keeping Love Alive as Memories Fade is heartfelt and easy to apply, providing gentle, focused help for those feeling overwhelmed by the relational toll of Alzheimer's. Its principles have already helped hundreds of families, and it can help yours, too.
This is a practical and informative book for anyone who is involved in caring for someone with dementia or Alzheimer's disease. There is a lot of information about the disease itself in diagnosing the condition and the stages of the disease. While the medical information is helpful, what is even more helpful is the sharing of personal stories of those who are caring for spouses and loved ones with dementia along with the application of the five love languages. There is a personal profile to determine what love language fits the care partner and the person with dementia along with practical examples of how to apply the five love languages which are words of affirmation, physical touch, acts of service, gifts and quality time.
There is also helpful information for those who are closest to the care partner to help them know how to affirm the care partner as they care for their loved one. The stories shared are inspiring. Although no one would chose to travel the journey with someone with Alzheimer's disease or dementia this book offers encouragement and hope for those who are on this journey. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is in the midst of this difficult season.