Life Giving Dementia Care

Let's Talk: How to Bring Confidence, Compassion and Joy Into Your Role as a Caregiver

Non-Fiction - Health - Medical
237 Pages
Reviewed on 04/08/2022
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Author Biography

Born and bred in the Midwest, Toni Kanzler wears several hats: wife, mother, CPA, entrepreneur, school administrator, volunteer, board member, and now a best-selling author.

But it was as a daughter that she had the privilege of being her mother’s caregiver.

Being a caregiver is really tough. There is too much to learn and you can’t know what you don’t know. Dementia, Alzheimer’s, Lewy Body, or Vascular? How long will this last, what will happen, and how bad will things get?

Life Giving Dementia Care was written to help you, the caregiver, be better prepared for the challenges, behaviors, and decisions you’ll face every day. To understand how to care for your parent, family member, or friend, and for yourself. Toni’s hope is that you’ll find joy in this journey.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Asher Syed for Readers' Favorite

Life Giving Dementia Care: Let's Talk: How to Bring Confidence, Compassion and Joy Into Your Role as a Caregiver by Toni Kanzler is a self-help educational guide that first comes straight from the author's heart and, ultimately, is the culmination of their extensive personal experience as a carer. This is not a textbook, which is why the “first” matters. This is a partnership, a helping hand on a journey that may at some point become necessary in our own lives if it isn't already. Kanzler breaks the book down into four distinct and interconnected parts that are as straightforward as the support they contain: The Early Stage, The Middle Stage, The Last Stage, and The After Stage.

Life Giving Dementia Care landed in my lap about nine months after I lost a family member to Lewy Body[LBD], which was a years-long commitment and one that could have been made easier with Toni Kanzler's book. Still, looking back, I am able to empathize with so much of what Kanzler provides and I have no doubt whatsoever that readers will have moments of vigorous nodding, such as when Kanzler talks about the importance of keeping a behavior log, and moments of pain, like the goodbye you knew would always come but are still caught off guard by how organically it happens. Kanzler's Q&A section and the appendix and resources just make an already great book even better. I am so grateful for the compassion and care that went into writing this book. Very highly recommended.

Judge, 29th Writer’s Digest Self-Pub

"What an immensely helpful...very well-written book that will prove valuable to anyone facing becoming a caretaker to a loved one suffering from dementia. The advice is compassionately provided and easy to understand. You take a subject that can become overwhelming and break it down to manageable proportions." - Judge, 29th Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards

Critic’s review, The BookLife Prize

"...Kanzler states that she wants the reader to feel that she is their friend - that she is there, giving advice while they drink a cozy beverage. She has succeeded! Written thoughtfully and with care, Life Giving Dementia Care is a calm, gentle guide for those who are walking this difficult path."- Critic's review, The BookLife Prize


Phenomenal Resource for Caregivers, Family, & Friends
I cannot recommend this book enough for all caregivers and loved ones of those suffering with memory loss. The narrative voice is engaging, insightful, and inspiring, while providing very practical advice that can be helpful for anyone connected to someone experiencing dementia. This book is helpful to read from start to finish and can also be used as a handy reference for any questions or difficulties that arise in your caregiving journey.

Sharon A. Walker

A book written from the heart.

Toni has written a book chocked full of tremendous information written from her heart. I have read many books on dementia over the years. This book has all the information of a text book but written from personal experience and with great insight of the day to day happenings with her beloved Mother. Unless you have lived it, as Toni did, you do not know the feelings and stages that you go through on a daily basis. The points at the end of each chapter give a summery of what is contained in that chapter. These points are easy reference for future use. The content is written so that the reader feels as if he/she is experiencing each day with Toni and her mother. I highly recommend this book.


Concise Caregiving from beginning to end

As an evaluator and treatment recommendation provider of dementias, this book provides a lot of insight from things that potential caregivers would benefit from tracking as well as acknowledging all of the changes that occur throughout the process. Will be recommending to patient's caregivers

Kindle Customer

A Caregiver step-by-step guide

The author breaks it all down step by step in an understandable and insightful manner. She walks you through her journey sharing the pain, the laughs, the sorrows and the struggles. As a person who was the primary caregiver for my Mom during the final two years of her struggle with dementia, she touched my heart with her experiences. The author tells her story with compassion, and I now wish my family would have had this book as a resource as we navigated the many obstacles we dealt with on our journey. For anyone, who wants an insight into this journey, this book is an incredible read


Such a timely book for me

Both of my grandparents had dementia. My grandfather on my dad’s side and my grandmother on my mom’s. I watched my parents care for both of them in different ways. My grandpa came to live with us for awhile when I was 15. My gram lived down the block with my aunt until she passed at 89. My mom was a nurse so had experience caring for her physical needs as she deteriorated slowly over time. She was on medication which helped but there were still times when she would be confused and not know us. Reading this book helped me to see how it may have been for both my parents and for my grandparents and it’s helped to prepare me a little for how it might be for both my in-laws and my own parents in a few years. I plan on sharing this with my siblings, husband, and brother in law so we can all get a dose of perspective to help us prepare when the time comes. VERY grateful to have read this

Indy Mom

A must-read for every caregiver!

This book captures the winding road of a caregiver in a very readable and relatable manner. The author shares her personal journey in a way that makes you feel like you are talking with a good friend. Like the journey of caregiving, there is humor, pain, struggle and joy beautifully woven throughout each chapter. As someone who has walked a similar path, I found the book healing, affirming, supportive and comforting, even though my time as a caregiver is now done. The author is compassionate and informative, with thought provoking suggestions and practical advice. Whatever you are facing as a caregiver, this book will inform and guide your next steps. You are not alone, and this book will help you regardless of where you are on the continuum of caregiving

Amazon Customer

Great guidance!

As I read this book, it reminded me so much of the experiences and stories of my family as we took care of my own grandmother. I wish we would’ve had this level of guidance when we were caring for her. I think it would’ve eliminated a lot of the frustrations and arguments we had with her during her life. It is so easy to get frustrated about the same stories and battles over driving, self care, etc. I am happy to have this guidance now as we embark on another experience in dementia care.

C Stewart

Great guide to caring for someone with dementia!

This story reminded me of the journey we walked with my grandma a few years back. We didn't have much of a roadmap and were struggling to understand her decline. I wish we had this book to help us as we cared for her. This book explains the struggles and helps alleviate frustrations and understand behaviors. I appreciated the honesty to relate to how the caregiver can feel on this journey. I love the heart and story behind it. This is a great read and I highly recommend this book


A down-to-earth primer on caring for loved ones with dementia

This book sheds light on a difficult topic to acknowledge and prepare for: the prospect of our loved ones experiencing dementia in their later days. In a very personable and friendly tone, it offers good-humored advice, points out additional resources (checklists, studies, etc.), and shares personal successes and failures from the dementia care journey. The book covers all stages of dementia care, from recognition to care to parting and beyond. A great book to read long before providing dementia care is on the horizon (as an eye-opener and expectation-setter) and then refer back to for encouragement and practical advice if/when the time comes


A much-needed resource to guide any dementia caregiver throughout their journey…

In many ways, the author boils down the topic of dementia and the many facets of the caregiver role while sharing her personal journey - giving examples from personal experiences with her own parent. Through personal research, gathering a support team of friends, family, and professionals, as well as, trial and error, she conveys the practical and emotional sides of the joys and hurdles for both the caregiver and the person progressing through various phases of dementia. For those caregivers who are fearful, grieving, overwhelmed, or just plain curious about the road that lies ahead, this is a much needed resource. And for those professionals who walk alongside the caregivers, they will come away with a better understanding of how it feels to walk in the shoes of a doting daughter who has now become a caregiver, a parent, a problem-solver, an encourager, and a guide. I came away from reading the book with hope to find new joys in the process one day at a time