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Reviewed by Gisela Dixon for Readers' Favorite
Meet Me Where I Am: An Alzheimer's Care Guide by Mary Ann Drummond is a non-fiction book mainly designed for caregivers who deal with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. In this book, Mary Ann Drummond draws upon her personal experience in the field of nursing and management of facilities that are specifically created for elderly people who have dementia and require long-term care. The book is divided into several broad chapters including an introduction to the book, understanding what Alzheimer’s disease is, how to maximize success and minimize loss, providing a calm, therapeutic environment for the patient, how to manage challenging symptoms and behaviors such as sexual inappropriateness, personal hygiene, caring for the caregiver themselves, and a quick list of questions and answers for easy reference, among other things. The book also includes a list of some reference books and websites for further reading on Alzheimer’s disease.
I really enjoyed Meet Me Where I Am by Mary Ann Drummond and I felt that this was a comprehensive, well-thought out book on Alzheimer’s disease and how to cope with it in the best possible way from the perspective of a caregiver. Indeed, this book is applicable to all forms of dementia in the elderly and perhaps the title can be modified to broaden the scope of this book and give readers an accurate idea of what to expect. Mary Ann Drummond obviously comes from a place of compassion for these patients and this shows through in her thorough and careful writing style. This is definitely a must-read for anyone working or living with someone with any form of dementia for helpful guidance and tips.