It’s been called everything from a lifesaver for family caregivers to an “outstandingly clear and useful book that helps families care for individuals with dementia …” One enthusiastic reader said “I wish doctors and nurses would read this and talk to their patients in such clear language.”
When it comes to helping family caregivers, author Kae Hammond wrote the book. Pathways — A Guidebook for Dementia & Alzheimer’s Family Caregivers — has received tremendous reviews including an impressive five stars on Amazon. An aggregation of authoritative, practical and applicable information, the book will save you time, precious energy and money.
Born of the author’s quest to research, investigate and evaluate the mind-numbing yet fragmented pieces of information about Alzheimer’s and related dementias, and make it all accessible in one place, Pathways was an idea whose time had come. Better still, author Kae Hammond completed the circle by addressing the multitude of unanswered questions with myriad practical, lifesaving solutions for family caregivers.
Though you may want to “run for the hills,” the message is clear: be proactive. As the author says, “fear cripples; knowledge enriches …” Strive to elevate your quality of life as well as that of your diagnosed family member. With fact-driven, heartfelt counsel, you are urged to learn about your loved one’s disease and what to do as it progresses through the stages. Pathways teaches you everything from the disease’s characteristics and behavior patterns to management strategies such as developing near-and-long-term plans, finding legal and financial resources, exploring end-of-life choices and much more.
Whether you discover how to “interact with tact” as you provide care, communicate with love, patience and acceptance, redirect your loved one to diffuse conflict or simply acquire the ability to keep your sense of humor, a world of valuable information awaits.
Because these diseases are slowly developing and insidious in nature, they can surprise you as you comprehend the reality of their progression. Alzheimer’s and related dementias can change a personality, incite rage, aggression or hallucinations, and eventually destroy the brain cells that enable a functioning existence. Yet by arming yourself with knowledge and understanding, you’ll learn how to find your way with compassion, understanding and patience.
According to the National Alzheimer’s Association, 70 percent of family caregivers develop a life-altering, chronic condition or die before the diagnosed loved one for whom they care. That is simply astounding. Don’t become a statistic. It’s time to take care of yourself, and we’ll show you how.
As the Pathways guidebook recommends, “LEARN everything you can about the disease … LIVE in the present and come to embrace it … LINK with other family caregivers through support groups … LAUGH together at the funny, sometimes crazy, things that happen as a result of your loved one’s skipping memory … and LISTEN to your body; it never lies.”
From start to finish, Kae Hammond gently guides you through the labyrinth of scenarios, offering down-to-earth, practical advice to help you handle the day-to-day as you seek to resolve longer-term decisions. Both human and heartfelt, practical and spiritual, Pathways is written from the perspective of someone who — beyond all doubt — has walked the same path as you. Once you begin to gain momentum, you’ll start to see light at the end of the tunnel and know you truly are not alone.
A growing legion of physicians and caregivers alike are proponents of Kae Hammond’s handbook and guide. For caregivers of all stripes, the book’s well-written content helps replace anxiety and fear with comfort and hope. For physicians and other healthcare workers, it’s a resource that’s already being used to help bridge the gap between professional care providers and family caregivers with their loved ones.
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Challenged to find the guidance she needed to help her family and care for her mother, Kae Hammond embarked on a quest to research, investigate and evaluate the vast amounts of information concerning these diseases. Her results are now at your fingertips.
Founded in 2009, Dementia Help Center provides placement, coaching and resources for caregivers of dementia and Alzheimer's patients.
The mission of the Dementia Action Alliance is to collectively improve dementia care in this country.
The Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.
Kae Hammond is a certified Consultant in the Positive Approach™ to Care philosophy and skills presented by dementia care expert Teepa Snow.
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44-495 Town Center Way Suite B, Palm Desert CA, 92260, Tel: 760-636-3655, email: Kae@DementiaHelpCenter.com