Alzheimer's Care With Dignity

Non-Fiction - Health - Fitness
208 Pages
Reviewed on 09/16/2011
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Author Biography

Frank was born and raised in St. Louis, and he graduated from Washington University in his hometown. He flew for three years in the Air Force, during which time he and his wife had two of their three children. Then he spent a career in marketing and education with IBM.

When his wife, June, was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease, he took an early retirement and cared for her at home. He experimented with many solutions and analyzed their results. This knowledge allowed him to cope successfully. Since June retained her excellent physical health, the National Institutes of Health used her in research over a period of fourteen years and Frank gained even more knowledge. The experiences during all the phases of the disease included a vast range of treatment and care.

After June died, Frank worked full-time to prevent development of the headwaters of a Potomac River tributary. He is now a prize-winning writer and poet and lives in the mid-Atlantic area near three of his five grandchildren, one of whom he home-schooled for two years.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite

For seventeen years, author Frank Fuerst cared for his wife after a diagnosis of early onset Alzheimer's Disease. In this book Alzheimer's Care with Dignity, Mr. Fuerst gives practical and realistic advice, as well as information regarding the care of the Alzheimer's patient in various stages of dementia and physical abilities. The reader is taken through early warning signs and the importance of an accurate diagnosis as the hallmark to proper treatment interventions. Mr. Fuerst discusses legal and ethical concerns which are relevant both to the patient and to the patient's family and caretakers. He discusses the pros and cons of medications as well as dental and medical concerns that likely accompany most persons diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease.

On the practical side, the author discusses topics such as eating, bathing and dressing, issues of incontinence and behaviors which might appear threatening to others. He then has a wonderful chapter about advice he was given, and he rates it as either good or bad advice (as it applied to the care of his own wife). While the book is applicable to those specifically diagnosed with the early onset dementia, there are many tips which will also apply to those with later onset Alzheimer's, as well.

This is a practical and readable book which will give support and reinforcement to most any caretaker who struggles with the tremendous task of providing dignity and quality of life to the Alzheimer's patient. It neither whitewashes nor ignores the trials and tribulations of the caretaker. It was written with courage and conviction and is a must for the reference library of those compassionate persons dealing with Alzheimer's Disease.