Thursday, October 15, 2009

One of the most helpful books I read when first learning about Alzheimer's disease was "Your Name is Hughes Hannibal Shanks by Lela Shanks. I really learned a lot about not only what it is like to be the spouse of a person with memory impairment but how optimistic, creative and clever a caregiver can be when rising to the occasion. I particularly appreciated the author's adaptations to her husband's clothing and the environment to make life easier for both of them, how she handled behavioral issues and the video she made to help her husband remember his past.

Lela Shanks was kind enough to write the foreword to my book: Still Giving Kisses: A Guide to Helping and Enjoying the Alzheimer's Victim You Love. She is an inspiration.

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