Anyone who has a loved one suffering with dementia, knows that caring for them, while keeping a positive uplifting spirit, is not an easy task. The nature of this unwelcome disease, which is becoming more and more prevalent, often leads caregivers becoming frustrated, and highly stressed. It is also all too easy for them to argue with a sufferer, simply because they do not know the best way to handle the situation.
We all have to be mindful that dementia changes normal brain function, ability and structure. This means that a carer is most unlikely to win an argument; and instead, they will almost always raise the frustration levels of both themselves and the sufferer. And this is why hearing about the trials and tribulations of a caregiver, and their successful methods of coping, is a step in the right direction.
Getting Guidance From Someone Who Has Been There
The newly released book, entitled: “Meditations and Encouragement for the Caregiver of a Loved One with Dementia,” by published author Barbara Hinther, is an extremely touching recollection of one caregiver’s journey. It is geared to empower other carers with the strength, determination, faith, hope and comfort, that is necessary for both them and their charge.
About the Author
Hinther, who worked as a marketing specialist for more than thirty years, suddenly had to become her husband’s caregiver, due to the fact that he was suffering from Lewy body disease. Until such time as he required full time care, Hinther worked for the Idaho Food Bank on a part-time basis.
She notes: “During my last few years caring for my husband with Lewy body dementia, I found lots of medical and psychological information about his disease and other brain/dementia disorders, but very little to give hope, comfort, and strength for the caregiver. This little book is to provide you some of this as you enter the dark night of the soul. My hope is to provide a glimmer of peace and comfort during this dementia trial—and it is a trial. Until there is a cure, my prayers and comfort are yours through this little book”.
This truly inspiring read, and revelations of a personal journey, can be a great comfort to those who suddenly find themselves in the same situation. It will give carers strength, hope and encouragement, in the midst of very challenging times.
Can Brain Health Be Improved?
Although it has to be said that true dementia is generally progressive, and will not go away, there are nonetheless, various different strategies which can be employed in order to maintain, and in some cases, improve brain functioning and brain health, for a certain period of time. Meaningful activities, mental activity and physical exercise, all play a positive role. – They can go a long way toward helping dementia sufferers find purpose in their daily lives, and empower them to maintain a degree of mental functioning.