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As a Memory Care Director, I’ve spent over 20 years helping families work through the often heart-wrenching questions that rush upon them when they discover their loved one has dementia. What do I do now? Who will take care of Mom? How much will it cost for her care? How can I keep her safe?
My hope is that this book will ease the uncertainty and anguish I’ve seen in hundreds of families as they share their personal stories. Sadly, these accounts are increasing as dementia cases are on the rise. There are more than five million Americans that are currently living with dementia. Unless a cure is found, as many as 16 million Americans could have dementia by 2050. Globally there are 50 million estimated dementia cases and, to that number, ten million are added annually. If you are about to embark on the road of caring for a loved one with dementia, you can be assured that you are not alone. Millions of family members have the same questions you may now be asking. For many years, families have sat down with me to ask advice concerning their loved ones situation. I noticed that their questions and concerns were usually very similar. I wanted to write a book that answered those frequently asked dementia care questions. Each chapter addresses a question that I hear most often.
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Even if you feel totally alone and think that you are the only one going through this, you are not alone. There are so many people and places that can help. Keith Galas is one of those people that are here to help.
This book is one of those great resources and contains so much of that helpful information. His knowledge of what you are going through and his special ability to know what you need before you do is a true blessing.
I am a board certified geriatric pharmacist, specializing in Alzheimer’s and other dementias, and have been a consultant pharmacist in long term care communities for the better part of 28 years. I work with Keith and his team, and I can tell you that this book will be a guide to you as you begin your journey with Parental Dementia. You can get your questions answered; you can learn to focus on the positive of what your loved one can do, and you can begin to understand some of the why’s of behaviors.
Thank you, Keith, for your hard work and dedication to all of those affected by this horrible disease.
Very well written, easy to understand and extremely helpful in guiding one through probably the most difficult emotional journey one can experience - that being a caregiver to our aging parents. So many helpful suggestions with navigating the overwhelming task of deciding and then finding the right place for mom, and/or dad. I would highly recommend reading this BEFORE you actually need to.
I just read an absolutely wonderful book titled, “Parental Dementia: A guide through all the difficult questions”. So who wrote this masterpiece? Keith Galas and Halle Eskew. Just some topics covered: what is dementia, Sundowning, home care, day care, memory care, financial advice and “will Mom forget me?” and much more. BRAVO Mr. Galas! Please post a link where members can get their copy!!
Lori Newcomb, RPH,
Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist
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About the Authors
Keith Galas is the Executive Director of a memory care community that has been referred to as the “Gold Standard” of memory care in Atlanta, Georgia. With a 20-year career of improving elder life, Keith saw early on how the senior population needed better standards of care and how families caring for Mom deserved more empathy and compassion.
Keith has a special gift for knowing what you are going through and how to guide you through all aspects of parental dementia. He has emphasized the intrinsic value of each of his residents in the training of his care team. “People are valuable at every stage of life. I feel privileged to partner with families to help Mom live in a dignified manner.” In this book, Keith shares stories of his experiences in caring for those with dementia. He addresses many of the questions that plague caregiving children and will help you find your way through the maze of options that exist in the world of parental dementia care.
Halle Eskew shares personal experiences from her decade-long journey of caring for her parents who both confronted Alzheimer’s. Her detailed stories offer readers practical ideas from the trenches—from how to keep Mom safe, how to deal with giving up the car keys, and how to help out with managing finances—while offering prime ways to build treasured memories in the midst of loss. With firsthand experience in parental care at home, Halle provides valuable insights into what you should expect when it’s time to move Mom from home care to an assisted living or memory care community. Halle’s draws from a long family history of dementia that has included two generations on both sides. “I was a teenager when I first witnessed the signs of dementia in my grandmother. Years later, Alzheimer’s entered our lives in a highly personal way when my father was diagnosed with dementia at age 76.” This book will help you from the first day you realize Mom is struggling with dementia.