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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.