When Your Parent Becomes Your Child: A Journey of Faith Through My Mother's Dementia

When Your Parent Becomes Your Child A Journey of Faith Through My Mother s Dementia At first Ken Abraham wrote off his mother s changes in behavior as quirks that just come with old age There was memory loss physical decline hygiene issues paranoia and uncharacteristic attitudes

  • Title: When Your Parent Becomes Your Child: A Journey of Faith Through My Mother's Dementia
  • Author: Ken Abraham
  • ISBN: 9780849947278
  • Page: 500
  • Format: Paperback
  • At first, Ken Abraham wrote off his mother s changes in behavior as quirks that just come with old age There was memory loss, physical decline, hygiene issues, paranoia, and uncharacteristic attitudes He soon realized that dementia had changed her life and his familiy s forever How is it possible to lose a loved one while he or she is still living, still sitting right iAt first, Ken Abraham wrote off his mother s changes in behavior as quirks that just come with old age There was memory loss, physical decline, hygiene issues, paranoia, and uncharacteristic attitudes He soon realized that dementia had changed her life and his familiy s forever How is it possible to lose a loved one while he or she is still living, still sitting right in front of you, talking with you, smiling at you and yet the person you have known and loved for years is somehow gone According to the Alzheimer s Association, an estimated 5.4 million Americans of all ages have Alzheimer s disease That s one in eight older Americans More than likely, that figure includes someone you know and love.As he chronicles his own mother s degenerative condition, New York Times best selling writer Ken Abraham educates while offering inspiration to help readers cope with and manage their family circumstances With humor and spiritual reminders of God s command to honor our parents, Abraham encourages readers through often difficult responsibilities And though in most cases patients will not recover this side of heaven, he suggests many practical things that families can do to make the experience safer, kinder, and endurable for everyone involved.When Your parent Becomes Your Child tells the story of one family s journey through dementia while offering hope to family members and friends, that they might better understand the effects of the disease Dont let this catch you by surprise be informed before you face the challenges and difficulties of a loved one with Alzheimer s or dementia This book can help.

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    1. This is the true story of Ken Abraham's mom, Minnie, and her last years of life. The story begins with Ken talking about how shocked he was when he understood his mom had dementia.The journey began slowly.After the death of Ken's dad in 1997, his mom continued to live alone in the family home in Pennsylvania. Ken and his family lived in Nashville, other siblings and family lived in Florida. All of them made frequent visits to see Minnie. Ken said his mom could be "quirky", so some odd behaviors [...]

    2. Ken Abraham openly shares his journey about his mother who suffered from dementia. From the first little signs to the final stages, Abraham lovingly recounts how his life changed as he took take of his mother. The memories are touching, heartbreaking, humorous, and full of faith. It's not easy to see someone you love fall ill, but sharing the story with others can greatly aid in the healing. Keeping your eyes on the heavenly goal and remaining strong in the faith will also ease the stress and he [...]

    3. This is exactly the book (and/or therapy) I needed right now. My mom is a bit earlier in her dementia than Abraham's mother was at the beginning of the stories, yet so many are similar. I've started reading a few books on Alzheimers in which the author continuously congratulates him or herself on their own courageous, selfless, 100 percent correct journey helping loved ones with Alzheimers. But you know what? That's not helpful. I seldom finish the bookAbraham tells a story of trying to do the r [...]

    4. I am very happy that I was given the chance to review Ken Abraham's book 'When Your Parent Becomes Your Child'. Before reading this book I had always associated Dementia with Alzheimer's. I just assumed that they were one in the same, but they are not. Dementia is a cluster of symptoms (memory loss, forgetting how to do something or care for yourself), where Alzheimer's is a specific medical disease that has many of the symptoms of Dementia.I enjoyed reading Ken's book. I have learned things abo [...]

    5. This was the kindest, most gentle way to affirm to a friend, much less a stranger, the heart break of this disease. Thank you. Thank you for reminding me that it's the disease talking, not my mama. Thank you for your openness, your brutal honesty. As I, through blurry eyes, underlined shared revelations, I imagined the bravery and strength you mustered to reminisce these memories. Thank you. Truth shared successfully, yet not clinically, from one mourning child to another. Thank you.

    6. The idea of living past 100 years of age is now becoming the new norm. It is not uncommon to see a person above 96 living in an assisted living center or in a child’s home. The standard of living has now begun to morph into something new that has reset the retirement clock. It has forced seniors to work into their later years and often carry roles that they were not meant to carry. One of the unforeseen consequences of modern medicine is the rapid onset of dementia. In the last 30 years or so [...]

    7. As I’m facing the fact that my mom has dementia, I thought I’d review “When Your Parent Becomes Your Child” by Ken Abraham. It’s a true story, so I thought it would be easier to relate and I was right. This book outlines the journey that Abraham had to go through with his mom’s dementia journey. It outlines the path that I will undoubtedly be on! It’s comforting to know that I’m not alone and that others are also on that same path; however scary it will be. Going on the path with [...]

    8. Amazing bookI purchased this book because I knew Minnie!! Ken writes such a compelling story about his mom's final years and her journey home to be with the Lord Jesus!! Much more importantly though, is the insight I was given about Alzheimer's and dementia!! As painful and heartbreaking as it was, to read how difficult it was for Minnie, it was equally heartbreaking to feel Ken's pain as well!! This is such a beautifully written and compassionate book!! Kudos to you, Ken!!

    9. A difficult book to read when you and your family are going through Alzheimer's or dementia with a parent. That being said, it is a great perspective and honest account of what the author and his family experienced with their mother. I liked that he just "put it all out there" the good, the bad and the very ugly.

    10. I really connected with this book and the journey this author took with his mother. My mother also has dementia and I felt like I was reading her story. Through his mother's illness, I learned how better to deal with situations that arise and how to communicate better with my mother. I really appreciate the author who wrote this book and the friend who gave it to me to read

    11. This was the author's story of his mother's dementia and a really good walkthrough of things to recognize and steps to take. "All my life, Mom taught me how to live. Now she is teaching me how to die."Heartbreaking, but as he says, " is a privilege to have served?"

    12. Not quite what I was expecting as it really doesn't offer any advice for dealing with a parent's dementia. However, his story was very relatable and it was comforting to read that my experience is very similar to his.

    13. I found the beginning of the book humorous because it really described my mother's journey with dementia. Then, as the author's mother continued her decline, it was very sad knowing that this is how my mother's earthly journey will end.

    14. The author's account of his mother's last few years living with dementia. A beautifully written, loving and faithful account of watching a loved one deal with this horrid disease. Thoroughly recommended.

    15. This book describes Ken Abraham's own experience with his mom having dementia. He outlines things he wished he had known about dementia before he had to face them. For anyone dealing with a loved one who has dementia or Alzheimer's, this is a great resource.

    16. Interesting book. It is about dealing with parents with memory issues. Sad, funny, and well written. I feel like educating myself about this is the best way to handle it.

    17. Very good. Helpful information about Alzheimer's and the dying process. I am not looking forward to this experience with my dad but the more information the better .

    18. Listened to this on audio book. Although I'm not all that religious a person(and parts of this book are quite spiritual), this was a good book to listen to, as I'm going through the exact same thing right now with my mom. Narrated by the author, it was sad at times, funny at times(yes you have to laugh through these moments), and informational as well. I loved how he kept the love and dignity of his mom through it all. She was his mom, changed through the dementia, but still the mom he loved for [...]

    19. DementiaI gave this book a five star because it is very much the way life is when living with a loved one with dementia. I believe everyone should read this book. Even those who work with the public. In is very insightful to how living with dementia is daily. It was an easy read and I found myself laughing and crying because I could relate. Thank Mr. Abraham for sharing your mom's story and being honest with your own feelings.

    20. Well written, heart rending retelling of writer Ken Abraham’s encounter with his mother’s dementia. C S Lewis wrote that we read to know we are not alone. Abraham’s shared journey and pain helps us to know we too, are not alone. Abraham’s shared honesty, detailed struggles and doubts teach lessons we need to learn and affirm the same thoughts and feelings we are experiencing as our loved one battles dementia.

    21. Sin duda un gran libro, explica muy bien el proceso de la enfermedad. Como nieta pasé por muchos de los momentos que narra el libro con mi abuela, por lo mismo es un libro que me llega profundamente al corazón. Muy recomendado para entender por lo que están pasando las personas que sufren esta horrible enfermedad.

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